Building and Programming a Replica PDP-11

 

We're gonna compute like its 1975!

The PDP-11 was a series of 16-bit minicomputers sold by Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) from 1970 into the 1990s, one of a set of products in the Programmed Data Processor (PDP) series. In total, around 600,000 PDP-11s of all models were sold, making it one of DEC's most successful product lines. The PDP-11 is considered by some experts to be the most popular minicomputer.

In this project, we will build and program a replica PDP-11. I already have all the parts, but I am hoping some students can help me put it together! Importantly, we will document the entire process (videos and written instructions) and do a live demo at the end of the semester or academic year. 

You can get an idea of the project

here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt4aKVozrmw) and

here (https://obsolescence.wixsite.com/obsolescence/pidp-11). 

 

What to include in your application: Let me know why this project appeals to you, if you have any special skills or experiences that would help the project succeed, if there are any skills you are really hoping to build, what you hope to get out of the project, and anything else you would like to share. 

 

 

Name of research group, project, or lab
PDP-11 Reconstruction
Why join this research group or lab?

If you are interested in vintage computing, computer history, programming, hardware, and making things, this project is perfect for you! 

Logistics Information:
Project categories
Computer Science
Engineering
Circuit Design
Student ranks applicable
First-year
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Student qualifications

Interest, knowledge, or interest in vintage computing, circuit building, soldering, electronics, programming, raspberry pi, linux / unix are all relevant! 

Time commitment
Fall - Part Time
Compensation
Academic Credit
Number of openings
2
Contact Information:
Mentor
Lucas Bang
lbang@hmc.edu
Computer Science Professor
Name of project director or principal investigator
Lucas Bang
Email address of project director or principal investigator
bang@cs.hmc.edu
2 sp. | 10 appl.
Hours per week
Fall - Part Time
Project categories
Engineering (+2)
Computer ScienceEngineeringCircuit Design