stephan at pcrm.win.tue.nl
Tue Jun 8 09:27:08 EDT 1999
Eugene Leitl <eugene.leitl at lrz.uni-muenchen.de> writes:
> Have there been any attempts in creating an ASIC capable of
> interpreting Python opcodes directly?
I don't think so.
A similar attempt has been made Very Long Ago with the Lisp Machine,
the idea being that conventional architectures are optimized for
C-like languages and that Lisp would benefit from a specialised
However, conventional architectures improved so fast that soon
Lisp interpreters running on them were faster than a hardware
I think a similar story can be held for Python; it might be
possible to build a Python Machine, but making it as fast
as a Python imterpreter on a i486 will be *very* difficult.
Moreover, what do you do with all those C extension modules?
Anyone volunteering to extend gcc with a Python-opcode backend?
> Of course, with
> soon-to-arrive Java chips and JPython there might be not
> that much need for it...
I guess that Sun is relearning the lesson of the Lisp Machine
the hard way...
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