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Knitting Computer Programs

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Knitting Computer Programs

Interesting thing on Quest at the moment.

'Computer scientists' are building computer programs for a space mission.

They build the programs on boards with wires and rings.

A wire through a ring is a 1 and a wire past the outside of a ring is a zero.

What would they have given for a Raspberry Pi.

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@Strat wrote:

What would they have given for a Raspberry Pi.


 

'bout five quid for a PiZero... Funny

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Sounds like they are mimicking core memory.

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When I clicked on the headline I was expecting to find that scientists had found a way of knitting computer programs.  I can see it now, throughout November every granny in the country knitting their grandchildren new gaming software.

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Maybe SWMBO will knit me some SATA disk jumpers. Cheesy

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@198kHz - I've looked through the list but I can't see a face palm emoji I needed to properly reply to your comment!

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The process of threading the wires through the cores was likened to knitting.

Probably the only time in programming history when women excelled.

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@198kHz wrote:

Maybe SWMBO will knit me some SATA disk jumpers. Cheesy


Depends if the software runs on ARM processorsWink

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Not much RISC of that.  Wink

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I was on something like "knit one mac, knit two ubuntu together, slip one windows...."

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The first computer I worked on had genuine core store memory.

The wiring is incredibly fine.

Using smaller cores and wires, the memory density of core slowly increased, and by the late 1960s a density of about 32 kilobits per cubic foot was typical. [Wikipedia].

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