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Simulator News

Nov 01, 2006. Since new version the directory structure is different. I decided to separate the 390 programs and data from the simulator and system files. It's less cluttered, and makes it a little easier to find things. This way we have a folder of "system files" for the simulator and another folder of "programs and data". The simulator now looks for programs in folder "PGM". I don't normally make drastic changes to the simulator, but this one should be helpful to new users (and old users) by making everything easier to find and less bewildering. The change makes this version incompatible with the old version - something I try to avoid, but couldn't avoid in this case.

Example:
/NCR390
  SIM390.EXE
  SYSLOG
  SYSPRINT
  SYSTRACE
  etc
     /PGM
        TTT.TXT
        HELLOWORLD.OBJ
        PL390C.EXE (compiler)
        etc

I also FINALLY got around to coding a routine for easily entering negative numbers via the keyboard using a minus sign, instead of entering them using tens-complement format (-2  instead of 9998). It turned out to be much easier than I thought it would be, and is one of the simplest sections of code in the simulator. It had been on my "do it someday" list for several years.

Dave Morton

Simulators

NCR 390 Computer Simulator

The NCR390(R) computer was designed and built in 1960, and was in worldwide use in banks and accounting departments during the 1960s and early 1970s. It was the world's first, low cost, mass produced computer.

This FREEWARE package enables you to run NCR390 programs on a computer simulator (SIM390), using original machine language.

A COMPILER is also included which you can use to compile programs written in the PL390 language and run them on the simulator, instead of coding them in machine language. For example, with the compiler you can code: "ADD A TO B" instead of  "17 00 83 97 97 25".

The compiler was not available when the NCR390 was in use, but was written years later by Dave Morton to make it easier to write programs for the simulator.

The simulator and compiler run on a PC under MS-DOS. Native DOS can be used, or Microsoft Windows can be used by using a DOS prompt (a command prompt).

System Requirements: Any Windows system with a DOS prompt (command prompt), or native DOS.

The package includes the following items:

     1. SIM390 - The NCR390 simulator program.
     1a. SIM390H - The HELP routine for SIM390.
     2. PL390C - The PL390 language compiler.
     3. All necessary system files.
     4. Documentation.
     5. Sample programs.
     6. Source code.
     7. NCR390 photos and ads from the 1960s.

 

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE

SIM390 System Log  (console activity logged by the simulator)

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           --- SYSLOG ---

SIM390 STARTED AT  02-23-2004  00:01:42
SIM390 VERSION = 1.3Q  COMPILED ON FEB 23, 2004, 00.01.31

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00:01:42
00:01:42 SIM390 TO INTERRUPT 390 PROG, PRESS SHIFT, CTRL, OR ALT.
00:01:42 SIM390 FOR HELP, TYPE 'H' OR HELP.
00:01:42 SIM390 READY.
00:01:42 SIM390 IDLE.
00:01:46 D T
00:01:46 02-23-2004 00:01:46
00:01:46 SIM390 IDLE.
00:01:49 VER
00:01:49 SIM390 VERSION = 1.3Q  COMPILED ON FEB 23, 2004, 00.01.31
00:01:49 SIM390 IDLE.
00:02:00 D A
00:02:00 NO ACTIVE JOBS
00:02:00 SIM390 IDLE.
00:02:15 S RDR1
00:02:15 SIM390 READER STARTED ON TAPE DRIVE RR.
00:02:15 SIM390 RR: JOB TICTACA   TICTACA IS TIC-TAC-TOE WITH AUTOLOAD
00:02:15 SIM390 JOB TICTACA STARTED.
00:02:15 SIM390 RR: PROGFMT       PROGRAM IS IN "PROGRAM" FORMAT
00:02:15 SIM390 PROGRAM INPUT FORMAT SELECTION ACCEPTED.
00:02:15 SIM390 RR: PRTA          PRINT IN "AUTHENTIC FORMAT" MODE
00:02:15 SIM390 PRINT-AUTHENTIC MODE ACCEPTED.
00:02:15 SIM390 RR: AUTOLOAD 05 10 01 99 00 02  FOR SIM390 READER - CELL ZERO
00:02:15 SIM390 EXECUTING PROGRAM VIA AUTOLOAD...
00:02:15
00:02:15 SIM390 READING TAPE ON REEL READER.
00:02:16 SIM390 READING TAPE ON REEL READER.
00:02:16 SIM390 REWINDING TAPE ON REEL READER.
00:02:16 TICTACA          (000)
00:02:16 TICTACA  (004): RDC INTO CELL 099. AWAITING REPLY...

=====================================================================

PL390 Program Compile under DOS

F:\NCR390\TEST>COMP PLXETTT1

COMP.BAT   PLXETTT1

Compile and Link for PL390/SIM390.

       1 file(s) copied.

COMPILING PROGRAM IN MEMBER PLXETTT1.TXT

PL390 COMPILER STARTED. VER=1.4Z   DATE=2004-02-23 TIME=21:05:05.65

COMPILING PROGRAM TICTACTO

SOURCE RECORDS READ =  1,135
PASS1 ERRORS   =   0
PASS2 WARNINGS =   1
PASS2 ERRORS   =   0

PL390 COMPILER ENDED.
       1 file(s) copied.

Listing copied to  PLXETTT1.PRT
       1 file(s) copied.

Object deck copied to  PLXETTT1.OBJ

Press any key to continue . . .

Use the "W" key to toggle the display width of the listing.
To exit the listing display, hit ESC.
Press any key to continue . . .

================================================================================

 PL390 Program Listing after Compile

 0001  09 00 02 03 00 35   342 BEGIN CLR BOARD THRU WORK3 GOTO CPYCOD   /*CLEAR
                           343
                           344 *         002
                           345 *         CELL 002 = PROGRAM NI AFTER CELL 0
 0002  05 14 00 99 03 03   346 LOADUM RPT INTO 100 THRU 199 AT-END REWIND  /*LOAD
 0002                      347 BOARD --- RENAMES LOADUM     <=== THE TTT BOARD
                           348
                           349 *         003
 0003  05 40 00 00 00 01   350 REWIND RWD GOTO BEGIN   /*REWIND TAPE ON REEL READER
 0003                      351 WORK3 --- RENAMES REWIND   /*RE-USE CELL FOR WORK
                           352
                           353 *         004
 0004  00 00 99 99 00 05   354 ENTRY RDC REPLY            /*GET HUMAN'S MOVE

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Downloading

NCR 390 Simulator (1,21 Mb zip file).
NCR 390 Pictures (8,07 Mb zip file).

 

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