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Honeywell
DDP-516

The Series 16 computers were originally designed by Computer Control Company, which was then bought by Honeywell in 1966.

Series 16 computers were used in a wide range of applications. Many were used in computer control applications, and many educational establishments used them as general purpose computers.

The most prominent application of them relates to the origins of the internet. The DDP-516 was used as the basis of "Interface Message Processors" or IMPs that were used to connect the very first networked computers to the ARPANET.

The DDP-516, introduced in 1966, and the later H316, which has an identical instruction set, form the core of the Series-16. The DDP-116 is clearly the forerunner of these machines, but seems to have had a limited impact commercially. The DDP-416 appears to be a development that is off the main path for the Series 16. The H716 seems to have come too late to be commercially successful.

Thanks to Adrian Wise for this information.

About this computer, Mr. Richard Pearson said us: The picture is copied from the programming manual of the second computer that I was associated with, in 1966. The Honeywell DDP-516 was chosen for its high clock speed (aprox. 1.1 MHz) and expandability to 32 K of 16 bit words. Card and paper tape readers were the initial inputs with mag tape drives added as the system development progressed. The final configuration included a hard disc drive the size of a large upright freezer. Assorted special purpose devices were controlled by this state of the art unit. This system was done for NSA by a civilian R&D firm.


 

"The best toy I ever found in GDR"
DDP516 cloned for KRS4200

In the early 70ts or late 60ts somebody has carried some boxes with electronics over the iron boarderline ...
In the eastern germany, GDR, in german: DDR, the guys of ROBOTRON reengenierd this arpa-net-"router" and build a funny nice toy driven by the operators mostly by a typewriter.
( papertape, drums, magnetic-tape also)

the best thing was the bootloading process, operated through the binary "console". Not so nice styled like the original, but with stable working buttons, - so if not in cold mornings the buttons were jumping around. But in seconds they were touched back ...

Very much fun, when the operating girls searching for the buttons around the mt-device and under the drum-section ...

But back to the facts:
KRS4200 has also rewritten opcodes: all the abbreviations stand for german words. So also was developd a "german speaking" BASIC.

In the middle of the 80 were so many "KRS" devices in the GDR, that a special hardware-emulator device emulating KRS was developed for the GDR - PDP11-derivat A6400 (This was the follower-device past KRS in the planing-economy of the GDR.). The result: my moonlanding game (commandline driven) was 10 times faster then on original KRS.

Today are only 2 or 3 devices in some museums. One you can find in "technische Sammlungen Dresden".

The guys of Halle-Computer-museum have some nice old pic of the device:
here some with a best looking DDR-folklore-sheet under the console:
http://www.robotrontechnik.de/bilder/Grossrechner/R4200/R4200_8_k.jpg

here is the website with some stuff around KRS4200:
http://www.robotrontechnik.de/index.htm?/html/computer/r4200.htm

          
Thursday 22nd August 2019
maxra (saxony in germany)

Pjhilips bought the Honeywell DDP 416 and 516 and later DDP 316 as successors to the PR8000$ a 24 bit serial processor, used for industrial control purposes. The PR 8000 was developed in France Fontenay o Roses at Philips Research France and had an industial interface called UESI (Unité de Entree et Sortie Industrielle). This interface was adopted to work with the PR9200 series for industrial control purposes.
Besides industrial control, the P9200 series were used to process data from the Philips non-destructive X-ray material analysis equipment.

          
Saturday 18th June 2016
Fokko de Jong (Netherlands)

I have spoken of this machine many times over the years. I was in the RAF in 1976 at a Telemetry and Command Station.

          
Saturday 31st October 2015
Ashley (Australia)

 

NAME  DDP-516
MANUFACTURER  Honeywell
TYPE  Professional Computer
ORIGIN  U.S.A.
YEAR  1966
SPEED  1.1 Mhz
RAM  32 Kb.




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