Applied Data Research (ADR), Princeton NJ
The PDP–7 Service list (1972) shows that machine #114 (DEC #999999) was a PDP–7/A shipped to Applied Data Research (ADR), Princeton, New Jersey in February 1966 and consisted of the following options –
|149||000075||0266||999999||4K memory upgrade to 8K|
|149||000076||0266||000000||4K memory upgrade to 12K|
|177B||000034||0266||000000||Extended Arithmetic Element|
|550A||000049||0266||000000||DECtape dual magnetic tape transport control|
|CR01B||000005||0266||000000||Card Reader and Control|
|KA71A||000014||0266||000000||I/O device package|
|TU55||000114||0266||000000||Single DECtape transport|
|TU55||000116||0266||000000||Single DECtape transport|
|TU55||000236||0266||015585||Single DECtape transport|
For descriptions of the above options see the full PDP–7 options list.
9/3/2016 - In a recent email Robert Supnik wrote about system #114 –
I can give you the history of PDP–7/A serial #114 at Applied Data Research (ADR), Princeton, NJ, where I worked as a summer intern 1964–1968.
The PDP7 was bought as a program development environment or big brother to a DEC 338 (PDP8 + display subsystem), which was used for both real–time development and a government–funded research program. It had 16KW, EAE, card reader, DECtapes, a non–DEC printer from Potter, and a PDP7–PDP8 interprocessor link. It ran DECsys, DEC's primitive DECtape based OS. ADR enhanced DECsys to improve its IO and wrote cross–development tools and a PDP8 simulator for PDP8 development. Some of the sources still survive - the SimH web site has the PDP8 simulator, for example. In 1969, ADR acquired a PDP–10 for development. After that, the PDP7 was no longer needed. In the early 70s, it was sent to the ADR branch office in Wakefield, MA, and eventually returned to DEC, where it was apparently scrapped.
I've talked to some of my former colleagues, and the PDP7 remained in use in Princeton into the early 70s, as it was the only way to assemble PDP8 programs using a macro assembler. It was probably shipped to Wakefield, MA in 1975 or thereabouts rather than the early 70s.
120 PDP–7 and PDP–7/A systems were forecast to be built in total, but the 1972 18–bit service list available (6.5Mb pdf download) only has details of the 99 known PDP–7 and PDP–7/A systems in the list at that time. We do not have any information about the possible remaining 21 systems, who they were delivered to or even if they actually existed.
The PDP–7 appeared to have sold well into Government research and University sectors with 11 systems shipped to the UK alone, almost 10% of the forecast production run! Serial numbers are concurrent for both PDP–7's and the PDP–7/A's, so the missing 21 could be of either type; however we are reasonably confident that the 99 systems shipped were the only ones that were ever built.
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Documents associated with PDP–7/A S#114 - None at this time