Raspberry Pi impersonates PDP-8 at Irish museum
Pat Moran demonstrating the Pi-based Minicomputer
One of the early 21st century’s smallest computers has been turned into a 1970s minicomputer and shown off at a museum in Galway, Ireland.
Pat Moran, of the Board of the Computer and Communications Museum of Ireland – CCMI, has demonstrated, at a museum public exhibit, a PDP-8 simulator based on the credit-card sized ARM-based Raspberry Pi, the English-designed and Welsh-made spiritual descendant of the BBC Micro.
Pat previously worked in the Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) plant in Galway city where these refrigerator-sized 12-bit minicomputers were manufactured until production ceased in 1979.
The simulator uses a miniaturised version of the famous flashing lights and switches on the front of these much larger, yet less powerful, computers, which put a smile on many of the former DEC employees and users of PDPs that attended the show.
News and museum images courtesy the Computer and Communications Museum of Ireland - CCMI