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
Console Panel: Meet Cabinet! 05 June 2016
Started working on the IBM 360/65 emulation again 13 May 2016
IBM 360 FPGA Source Code 13 April 2012
PCIe Hardware Design 10 April 2012
IBM 360 Emulator goes Hardware 02 April 2012
TeKaDe FS220Z Repair 07 February 2012
Video: OS/360 IPL up to IEA100I message 05 February 2012
Got a TeKaDe FS220Z 30 January 2012
Video: IBM 360 emulator counting up 16 January 2012
IBM 360 Panel Software Update 07 January 2012
IBM 360 Console Panel Software Plans 04 January 2012
IBM 360 Console Panel Hardware Part Done 31 December 2011
New Interface for IBM 360 Panel Complete 30 December 2011
IBM 360 Board Shipped, Looking for Docs 28 December 2011
PCB Manufacturing Progress(2)... 23 December 2011
PCB Manufacturing Progress... 22 December 2011
IBM 360 PCB Ordered 18 December 2011
IBM 360 Interface PCB 16 December 2011
Christmas Decoration 15 December 2011
IBM 360 Panel Electronics Complete 14 December 2011