Explore the Transputer netwerk by iSpy.

I have to borrow 2 Transputer cart’s with 2 Tranputters on each cart. I look’s me nice to see if I can connect them together to a netwerk and take a look how a program see this. In my situation it is not always easy to connect a monitor, keybord and mouse to the Window’s 98 PC. Or some time’s I want to work from the living room and the computer stands on the zolder. So I decide to work remote on this PC. But then come’s the “big” problem. Find a program to work remote with a Windows-98 PC. After a lot of searching on internet I found the program Radmin. The old server version of Radmin, version 2.1, run on Windows-98. So i installed it en now I can reach my PC with the selfbuild Transputer inferface connected to 4 transputer processors.


Special for exploring the Transputer netwerk there are some worm-program’s. You load them onto the Transputer network and they give a reslut of the connection’s between the different Transputer processor’s on the network. This iSpy program is original from INMOS, but a lot of people have modified this for tehr one. So found on the website http://www.geekdot.com/category/software/transputer-software/ the TTK, The Transputer Tool Kit. This is a collection with test program’s for the Transputer, also some version’s of iSpy are include. When unzipping en starting the iSpy232 I get a very nice result of my 4 transputer’s connecting to the selfbuild ISA cart. The author of some program’s is Andy, Andy Thanks !!

4 Transputers in line

First i put 4 Transputers in line. This show a nice result. The next network was a tree. One link of the Host-Transputer is connected to the ISA-interface and the other 3 links are connected to 3 different Transputers. This is build as follow.

4 Transputer Tree

And give the next result when I start iSpy:


This is a real Transputer netwerk. Oke, now I need a real program to run on it.


On monday 30 Oktober there was a little meeting of the Hackerspace “B+ Westland” at my place. We talk about the result of my work with Transputers, study to a “new purchased” Transputer interface and have a lot of fun.



Next challenge is to understand the OCCAM toolkit workflow. Normally I work with microcontrollers, in that case you don’s have a compiler, linker, configer and a make program. Just compile and load the program in the microcontroller. Now I must follow a different path. I hope I should understand this.

For me this is the -END- of the Retrochallenge 2017/10. I had this month only a spare time for this to reach my goal. So in the future time I go ahead with Transputers to understand the system and how to program them.

I have a lot of fun to work with Transputers and also with the talk’s with the people around me about Transputers.


-This is the END of RC2017/10-

Author: avretro

I am a member of some section's of a computerclub in Holland, called the Hobby Computer Club or HCC. That section's are the Retro-, AI- and Robotica-section. Writing in Englische is not very easy for me, so don't blame me for it.

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