Operation Blinkenlights

Operation Blinkenlights revolves around an IBM 360 Model 65 console panel that I was given in 2011.

I intend to create an FPGA implementation of the IBM 360 model 65 CPU and connect it to the console panel and to a PC running a butchered modified version of the Hercules Emulator. Hercules will provide emulated I/O capabilities. This will make the console panel fully functional without the actual mainframe.

Eventually, the intent is that the PC and the FPGA card will fit inside the console panel's housing, creating a mainframe-in-the-box.

The original blog for Operation Blinkenlights (up until 2012) is at http://ibm360-console.blogspot.com/. It's contents have been copied here.

There is also a Wiki that details the 360/65's microarchitecture at http://ibm360-console.wikispaces.com/.

Title Published Date
IBM 360 Topbar Design 10 December 2011
IBM 360 Console Panel Boards Made 08 December 2011
IBM360 Console Panel Rewired 06 December 2011
Schematics for IBM 360 Console Panel Interface 04 December 2011
IBM 360 Console Panel Cleaned Up 03 December 2011
IBM 360 Panel Disassembled 01 December 2011
Ideas for IBM 360 Panel Electronics 30 November 2011
First Look at the IBM 360 Console Panel 30 November 2011
IBM 360 Console Panel Arrived 29 November 2011