Norsk Data Nord-10/S restoration effort on the way!

From: Tore S Bekkedal <>
Date: Sun Nov 14 12:54:32 2004

On Sat, 2004-11-13 at 19:41 -0800, O. Sharp wrote:
> Tore S Bekkedal wrote of finding:
> > [...] some other cool stuff I really should take pictures of, the crown
> > jewel of the collection was definately (IMO :) a NORD-10/S minicomputer
> > with a 9-track Pertec rebrand tape drive. /S means "With various
> > enhancements, like cache" in Norwegian. Terse language, you see. :P
> Woooooo! This sounds like a seriously fun machine. :)
Oh yes, indeed. And after this one, which seems like a "quick job", I
may get the opportunity to go after an ND-5/0/00/000. The ND-10 is to
the ND-5/50/500/5000 as the PDP-11 is to the PDP-10! Better get the -10
done with, then! :)
> > The CPU had 16 levels, 0-15. A 'level' was pretty much a sort of what
> > IBM would call PSW and Intel called ..was it TSS? Anyway, it describes a
> > running task with all its registers. The interesting thing, is that the
> > registers that you'd normally get from RAM with a Load PSW isntruction
> > or an <Insert Intel equivalent> are actually registers inside the CPU!
> > You just do a level switch, one instruction, and it switches levels and
> > immediately continues the other level! [...]
> Is there any documentation about the architecture online (apart from your
> post)? It'd be interesting to see what other surprises it has. O'course,
> nearly every current page Google finds for it is in Norwegian, so maybe
> the documentation _is_ there and I just can't _read_ it... :)
It is my goal that it will be, but I can't promise you anything yet.

There is no documentation for the machine, but I was very fortunate to
get in touch with Johnny Oddene.
> -O.-
Tore S Bekkedal <>
Received on Sun Nov 14 2004 - 12:54:32 GMT

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