Front panel switches - what did they do?

Charles Anthony at
Wed May 25 09:56:53 CDT 2016

On Wed, May 25, 2016 at 6:50 AM, Paul Koning <paulkoning at> wrote:

> The emulator was loaded, on those rare occasions where the memory got
> wiped, using the "Emulator IPL" button, from a binary card deck.  That deck
> was pretty slick: it was a channel program loop.  No CPU code involved at
> all; the first card was a 4 (?) entry channel program that would read the
> remaining cards, which were a standard assembler output (object deck).
> Self modifying channel code: since each object card contained the address
> and length for its data, the channel program would pick up those two fields
> and drop them into the third channel command, which would transfer that
> number of bytes to that address.
> The DPS8 bootload was similar -- channel code to read a record from tape
into memory. The record was placed in memory such that it overwrote the
interrupt vector (actually fault pair), so that when the read completed and
the tape drive raised the interrupt, the CPU jumped into the data just read.

-- Charles

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