[rescue] Living computer museum & labs

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Thu Jul 2 17:10:34 CDT 2020

On 7/2/20 5:39 PM, John Francini wrote:
> Thanks for the invite - some day I might make it down there, seeing as I cut
> my teeth programming a PDP-8/e running TSS/8, but many of my DEC employee days
> were spent working on their 36-bit iron. This is why the Seattle museum was a
> 'must see'. They had the following 36-bit DEC gear in their computer lab, all
> up and running:
> PDP-6 (console only) running ITS on an emulator
> KA-10 with 128 Kwords of memory, running TOPS-10 6.01
> KI-10 with 512 KWords of memory running TOPS-10 6.03
> KL-10 with 2M? of memory running TOPS-10 7.04
> KL-10 running WAITS
> 2x KS-10s, one running ITS, the other unknown
> XKL Toad-2 running TOPS-20 7(110131)-1
> Plus a bunch of other things: CDC, Xerox Sigma 9, IBM 4341...

  We do have a few KS-10s at LSSM, but none are up and running yet.  And
our 4341 is awaiting power and a lot of work.

> At the moment the only 36-bit system still running is the Toad-2, because
> that's a KL-10 in a 1U server box. I hope they reopen once the bloody pandemic
> has passed.

  I certainly hope so.

> I will definitely make it down there some day!



Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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