One Page Computing Challenge

Roll your own challenge: computing in 66 lines of printout - homebrew CPU, or emulator, or both! Or anything really.

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Here's a challenge for everyone interested in CPU design - design something small. In fact, so small you can fit it on one page.

To keep it fun, make up your own idea of what that means - one page of spec, or one page of schematic, or one page of HDL, or a one-page emulator in the language of your choice. If you can write a one-page monitor, or any application in one page, that's interesting too!

There's a thread for discussion and contributions over on the AnyCPU forum: see

And if you want to define one page as a huge page with tiny font, go ahead! Personally I'm more interested in the 66-line fanfold paper, which is I think 132 characters across. I hope not to code-golf, so the code is remains readable and self-explanatory. I just might allow myself to print at 8 lines per inch, and get 88 lines to the page.

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BigEd wrote 2 days ago point

What would be a good a demonstration that the one-page creation is indeed a computer? For me, controlling some hardware according to a program is ample demonstration, and for a more conventional machine, some kind of numeric processing, for example something like any one of these:

- print out the first N squares [1]

- the first N Fibonacci numbers

- the first N primes

- the first N square roots

- the first N digits of e

- the first N digits of pi

- Mastermind / cows and bulls game

- Higher/Lower guess a number game

- Lunar Lander game (not real time, of course! Turn-based.)

[1] Historically interesting: EDSAC ran a squares and differences program written by Wilkes. It had multiplication, so squaring was easy, but printing numbers in decimal always takes effort.

Running any kind of HLL interpreter would support any of those programs, but they could equally well be written in assembler. I'd be surprised to see a reasonable interpreter in one page.

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BigEd wrote 3 days ago point

Our OPC-1 is a one-page cpu, for CPLD - see for the story.

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agp.cooper wrote 06/17/2017 at 06:48 point

Okay, here is mine (but it is a rather long page): 

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BigEd wrote 06/17/2017 at 06:52 point

Ooh, a TTL machine - transport triggered - 8 bit - what's not to love?

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agp.cooper wrote 06/17/2017 at 07:32 point

Built in Front Panel, built and working.


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agp.cooper wrote 06/17/2017 at 07:39 point

Here is the monitor program and the LED light chaser program:

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BigEd wrote 06/17/2017 at 07:52 point

Maybe you can join in over on the AnyCPU forum: see


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BigEd wrote 05/28/2017 at 21:04 point

As you wish - the nice thing about this challenge is that you make your own constraints.

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Yann Guidon / YGDES wrote 05/28/2017 at 20:50 point

entries are in a PDF file with a single page ? :-)

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BigEd wrote 06/03/2017 at 06:41 point

(Actually that printout is from a web page - CSS can do green bar paper! With a background image for the holes. See

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