Darwin

Modified on 2018/05/14 19:23 by impomatic — Categorized as: Von Neumann Games

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Darwin is a game played between two or more computer programs which compete to become the most prolific digital organism.


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History

Victor Vyssotsky invented Darwin on the IBM 7090 at Bell Labs in August 1961. The aim of the game is to write a program to probe memory for opponents, terminate any opponents found to free the space they occupy and replicate into the empty space. The program with the most copies running is declared winner at the end of the game.

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Programming

Organisms are written in the host computer's assembly language and interact with the umpire using three system calls:

CallDescription
PROBEReturns the start, end and owner of a memory address
CLAIMReserves memory at address
KILLTerminate the program at address

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