Golly (program)

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Screenshot of Golly
Screenshot of Golly
Initial release July 2005; 12 years ago (2005-07) [1]
Stable release
v3.1 / October 2017; 8 months ago (2017-10)[1]
Repository sourceforge.net/projects/golly/
Written in C++ (wxWidgets)
Operating system Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Windows, OS X, iOS, Android
License GNU GPLv2[2]
Website golly.sourceforge.net

Golly is a tool for the simulation of cellular automata. It is free open-source software written by Andrew Trevorrow and Tomas Rokicki;[3] it can be scripted using Lua[1] or Python. It includes a hashlife algorithm that can simulate the behavior of very large structured or repetitive patterns such as Paul Rendell's Life universal Turing machine,[4] and that is fast enough to simulate some patterns for 232 or more time units.[5] It also includes a large library of predefined patterns in Conway's Game of Life and other rules.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Golly Help: Changes". golly.sourceforge.net. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  2. ^ "Golly download". sourceforge.net. Retrieved 2017-07-26. 
  3. ^ Delahaye, Jean-Paul (April 2009), "Le royaume du Jeu de la vie" (PDF), Pour la Science (in French): 86–91 .
  4. ^ Rendell, P. (2011), "A universal Turing machine in Conway's Game of Life", 2011 International Conference on High Performance Computing and Simulation (HPCS) (PDF), pp. 764–772, doi:10.1109/HPCSim.2011.5999906 
  5. ^ Gotts, Nicholas M. (2009), Ramifying feedback networks, cross-scale interactions, and emergent quasi individuals in Conway's Game of Life (PDF), 15 (3), pp. 351–375, doi:10.1162/artl.2009.Gotts.009 .
  6. ^ Eppstein, David (2010), "Growth and Decay in Life-Like Cellular Automata", in Andrew Adamatzky, Game of Life Cellular Automata, Springer, pp. 71–97, arXiv:0911.2890Freely accessible, Bibcode:2010golc.book...71E, ISBN 9781849962179 

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