Python CPU? (Re: Python OS)
whisper at oz.net
Fri Apr 16 22:16:22 CEST 2004
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> Subject: Python CPU? (Re: Python OS)
> Peter Maas wrote:
> > The first step would probably be to define a Python OS. Surely no
> > CPU speaks Python :)
> Currently, no, but... *could* there be one?
> In one of my wilder daydreaming moments recently, I got
> to wondering what a machine designed from the ground up
> to run Python code might be like. I got a vision of a
> Python interpreter implemented in microcode, with a few
> extra bytecodes for low-level hardware access, with an
> OS written in Python running on top of it.
> Would it run Python code any faster than an interpreter
> running on an off-the-shelf CPU? Possibly not, but it's
> not clear that it couldn't, either. In any case, it
> would be a fun thing to design, and maybe even to build,
> perhaps using an FPGA.
> Anyone want to help?
> Greg Ewing, Computer Science Dept,
> University of Canterbury,
> Christchurch, New Zealand
There's a project on sourceforge to develop a Lua microprocessor. Don't know
how active it is, but it could suggest some ideas.
Seattle, WA USA
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