Python CPU

Gregory Ewing greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz
Sun Apr 3 02:10:35 CEST 2011


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.

-- 
Greg



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