Caterer
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Caterer  
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Pattern type  Oscillator  

Number of cells  12  
Bounding box  9×6  
Period  3  
Mod  3  
Heat  14.7  
Volatility  0.88  
Strict volatility  0.88  
Discovered by  Dean Hickerson  
Year of discovery  1989  
 
 
 

Caterer is a period 3 oscillator found by Dean Hickerson on August 4, 1989.^{[1]} Its rotor is similar to that of jam. In terms of its minimum population of 12 this is the smallest period 3 oscillator, and tied with fox as the smallest wholly asymmetric oscillator.
More generally, any oscillator which serves up a bit in the same manner, such as Tnosed p4 and Tnosed p6, may be referred to as a caterer.
Commonness
Caterer is about the fortysecond most common naturallyoccurring oscillator in Achim Flammenkamp's census, being about as frequent as griddle and beehive.^{[2]}
Synthesis
An 11glider synthesis of the caterer was discovered by Tim Coe;^{[3]} Tanner Jacobi and Chris Cain later found a 7glider synthesis.
See also
References
 ↑ Dean Hickerson's oscillator stamp collection.
 ↑ Achim Flammenkamp (September 7, 2004). "Most seen natural occurring ash objects in Game of Life". Retrieved on January 15, 2009.
 ↑ "Life Credits". Mark D. Niemiec. Retrieved on June 10, 2011.
External links
 Caterer at Eric Weisstein's Treasure Trove of Life
 Caterer at the Life Lexicon
Categories:
 Patterns
 Oscillators with 12 cells
 Patterns with 12 cells
 Patterns found by Dean Hickerson
 Patterns found in 1989
 Patterns that can be constructed with 7 gliders
 Oscillators
 Oscillators with period 3
 Oscillators with mod 3
 Oscillators with heat 14
 Oscillators with volatility 0.88
 Oscillators with strict volatility 0.88