Re: Reconfigurable Computer Languages (Al Aab - CNED/W94)
22 Mar 1996 00:42:23 -0500

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From: (Al Aab - CNED/W94)
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 22 Mar 1996 00:42:23 -0500
Organization: Ryerson Polytechnic University
References: 96-03-053
Keywords: architecture, history

as a historical aside :
decades ago, Burroughs company ( now part of UNISYS ) had such a
reconfigurable main frame, series 400 or such. may b they had
software for it that could help the new interest in reconfigurables.

Burroughs was ahead of its time, with its stack machines ( even before
HP jumped on that bandwagon ), flow grammar charts, multi-head discs
drives, etc.

no wonder they went under.
[I used a B1700 about 20 years ago. It had reloadable microcode, so
there was a different interpreter for programs in each different
language, one for Fortran, one for Basic, one for Cobol, etc. It was
a neat idea but the implementation was terribly slow. The whole
system gave the impression of having been designed by three geniuses
who then gave the spec to a thousand morons to implement. -John]


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