Python CPU

Dan Stromberg drsalists at
Sat Apr 2 21:46:43 EDT 2011

On Sat, Apr 2, 2011 at 5:10 PM, Gregory Ewing
<greg.ewing at>wrote:

> Brad wrote:
>  I've heard of Java CPUs. Has anyone implemented a Python CPU in VHDL
>> or Verilog?
> Not that I know of.
> I've had thoughts about designing one, just for the exercise.
> It's doubtful whether such a thing would ever be of practical
> use. Without as much money as Intel has to throw at CPU
> development, it's likely that a Python chip would always be
> slower and more expensive than an off-the-shelf CPU running
> a tightly-coded interpreter.
> It could be fun to speculate on what a Python CPU might
> look like, though.

One with the time and inclination could probably do a Python VM in an FPGA,

Though last I heard, FPGA's weren't expected to increase in performance as
fast as general-purpose CPU's.
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