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(Paragraph added by EV a while back seems like an over-generalization. The few historical uses of "emulator" for non-p4 periods could just be mistakes. That usage never really caught on.)
 
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An '''emulator''' is one of the three [[period]] [[:Category:Oscillators with period 4|4]] [[oscillator]]s that produce [[spark]]s similar to those produced by a [[lightweight spaceship]], [[middleweight spaceship]], or [[heavyweight spaceship]]. They are the [[lightweight emulator]], [[middleweight emulator]], and [[heavyweight emulator]] respectively. It is possible to construct larger emulators, but they require stabilizing objects to suppress their non-sparks and so are of little use (except for the overweight [[T-nosed p4|T-nose]]. The three standard emulators were discovered by [[:Category:Patterns found by Robert Wainwright|Robert Wainwright]] in June [[:Category:Patterns found in 1980|1980]]. All of the P4 oscillators can eat gliders.
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An '''emulator''' is one of the three [[period]] [[:Category:Oscillators with period 4|4]] [[oscillator]]s that produce [[spark]]s similar to those produced by a [[lightweight spaceship]], [[middleweight spaceship]], or [[heavyweight spaceship]]. They are the [[lightweight emulator]], [[middleweight emulator]], and [[heavyweight emulator]] respectively. It is possible to construct larger emulators, but they require stabilizing objects to suppress their non-sparks and so are of little use (except for the overweight [[T-nosed p4]]). The three standard emulators were discovered by [[:Category:Patterns found by Robert Wainwright|Robert Wainwright]] in June [[:Category:Patterns found in 1980|1980]]. All of the p4 oscillators can eat gliders.
 
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In general, emulator can refer to any oscillator that produces middleweight or heavyweight sparks, e.g. [[258P3]], the P4 heavyweight volcano shown under [[heavyweight emulator]], the [[middleweight volcano]] or [[Snacker 2]].
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"Emulator" has occasionally been used to refer to higher-period oscillators that produce equivalent sparks, but "[[volcano]]" is more commonly used specifically for period 5, or the generic "[[sparker]]" for other periods.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 18:56, 25 February 2019

An emulator is one of the three period 4 oscillators that produce sparks similar to those produced by a lightweight spaceship, middleweight spaceship, or heavyweight spaceship. They are the lightweight emulator, middleweight emulator, and heavyweight emulator respectively. It is possible to construct larger emulators, but they require stabilizing objects to suppress their non-sparks and so are of little use (except for the overweight T-nosed p4). The three standard emulators were discovered by Robert Wainwright in June 1980. All of the p4 oscillators can eat gliders.

"Emulator" has occasionally been used to refer to higher-period oscillators that produce equivalent sparks, but "volcano" is more commonly used specifically for period 5, or the generic "sparker" for other periods.

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