New Project:Hardware (FPGA) DPS-8/M ∕ FNP Project

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2024-06-22 05:30:01

We’re excited to announce an ambitious long-term project, currently in the early stages, to implement as much of the DPS‑8/M mainframe architecture as possible using one (or more) FPGAs — with the ability to run the full Multics operating system — is now underway, led by Dean S. Anderson.

In the early 1980s, Dean started as a computer operator on a large Honeywell Series‑60 ∕ Level‑66 dual processor mainframe (eventually converted to a four processor DPS‑8) running GCOS‑3. Over time, he worked his way through Honeywell’s Production Control and Special Projects groups writing programs to automate the Computer Operations Department. This included writing GECOS‑3 kernel modifications for special handling of tapes.

In 1985, Dean went to Honeywell Underseas Systems Division where he coordinated PBX installations as well as wiring for both broadband and Ethernet networks. He also wrote a lot of software in C for automating factory floor operations and board assembly, and worked on other large projects, including networking a significant number of Level 6 minicomputers.

As a member of the DPS8M Development Team, Dean authored the ‘punutil’ utility for punched card manipulation and conversion. Additionally, Dean made important contributions to the DPS8M Simulator, specifically in the areas of magnetic tape and unit record equipment (e․g․ card reader, card punch, printer) handling, as well as automated testing.

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