|C compiler for PDP-11 sought, optimizing for size in general firstname.lastname@example.org (2003-09-23)|
|Re: C compiler for PDP-11 sought, optimizing for size in general email@example.com (Jonathan Thornburg) (2003-09-23)|
|Re: C compiler for PDP-11 sought, optimizing for size in general firstname.lastname@example.org (Erik Trulsson) (2003-09-27)|
|Re: C compiler for PDP-11 sought, optimizing for size in general Jeffrey.Kenton@comcast.net (Jeff Kenton) (2003-09-27)|
|From:||Jeff Kenton <Jeffrey.Kenton@comcast.net>|
|Date:||27 Sep 2003 14:28:05 -0400|
|Posted-Date:||27 Sep 2003 14:28:05 EDT|
I have a copy of the Wulf book, and so does one of my co-workers. If
you know any 50 year old compiler folks, ask if they have a copy.
It does, indeed, optimize for space on the PDP-11, but be warned,
first, that it's about a Bliss compiler, not C, and, second, that it
has a lot of (good) descriptive stuff in it, but hardly complete code
for the compiler.
Jonathan Thornburg wrote:
>>I am looking for an optimizing compiler that can take ANSI C (I know
>>about unprotoize, so a K&R C compiler will do) and produces PDP-11
>>assembly code that is optimized for size rather than for speed.
> If you can find a copy, the book by William Wulf et al, "The Design of
> an Optimizing Compiler", Elsevier, 1975, is about precisely this (a
> PDP-11 optimizing compiler that tries really hard to optimize for
[As I noted in the last message, the book is available from used
bookstores, and also in print-on-demand form. The BLISS-11 compiler
is right here at ftp://ftp.iecc.com/pub/file/bliss.tar.gz. It'll be a
little challenging to get going because it's a cross-compiler for the
PDP-10 written mostly in BLISS-10 with a little MACRO-10 assembler
mixed in. but I'm sure there are retrocomputers with BLISS-10 and
MACRO-10 around on the net somewhere. -John]
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