Mining Bitcoin on the Apollo Guidance Computer

Output from the Bitcoin mining program, displayed on the Display/Keyboard (DSKY). The display shows part of the Bitcoin hash in octal. The DSKY is a modern replica, hooked up to the genuine AGC. (📷: Ken Shirriff)
The Apollo Guidance Computer powered up. The cover is off, showing the computer’s purple wire-wrap wiring of the backplane. We built the interfaces that are plugged into the front of the computer. At the back, vintage core rope simulator boxes are visible in the core rope slots. (📷: Ken Shirriff)
Bitcoin mining on the Apollo Guidance Computer. (📹: Ken Shirriff)
Apollo Guidance Computer emulation running on a Palm Centro back in 2009. (📹: Dean Koska)

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Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan

Scientist, Author, Hacker, Maker, and Journalist.