Collatz 5N+1 simulator is an unknown fate pattern constructed by David Bell in December 2017 that simulates the Collatz 5N+1 algorithm using sliding block memory and p1 technology, while always having a population below 32000.
The algorithm is simple. Starting with a number, if it is even divide it by 2, otherwise multiply it by 5 and add 1. When this process is iterated a sequence of numbers is generated. When starting with the value of 7, it is currently unknown whether or not the sequence ever forms a cycle.
Because of this the fate of the simulator is also currently unknown. It may become stable, or become an oscillator with a high period, or have a bounding box which grows irregularly.
- ↑ David Bell (10 December 2017). "Life object having a bounded population with an unknown fate". Retrieved on 29 August 2018.