Python processors? : WAS Re: Does python have the capability for driver development ?

Chris Rebert clp2 at rebertia.com
Thu Jul 30 14:27:12 CEST 2009


On Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 3:49 AM, Francesco Bochicchio<bieffe62 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Jul 30, 11:10 am, Christian Heimes <li... at cheimes.de> wrote:
>> Martin P. Hellwig wrote:
>> > Well the pyc, which I thought was the Python bytecode, is then
>> > interpreted by the VM.
>>
>> Python is often referred as byte-code interpreted language. Most modern
>> languages are interpreted languages. The list [1] is rather long.
>> Technically speaking even native code is interpreted by the micro code
>> of most CPUs.
>>
>> [1]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interpreted_language
>> [2]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microcode
>
> Once upon a time there where lisp machines, whith processors designed
> to fastly execute lisp code  ... I worked with one of them for 2
> years.
> I wonder: has anybody thought of making a python-machine, or at least
> a processor able to directly execute high-level bytecode (LLVM-like?).
> I think the main feature of such a machine should be hyper-fast hash
> lookup. Then dynamic memory management hardware ...

Yes, it was considered a decade ago:
http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-list/1999-June/004451.html

Cheers,
Chris
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