Commercial use of run-time code generation? (Paul F. Dietz)
15 Dec 1996 16:14:51 -0500

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From: (Paul F. Dietz)
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 15 Dec 1996 16:14:51 -0500
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Keywords: code

I've recently read a bit about partial evaluation and run-time code
generation (Massalin's thesis; MIT exokernel, with the more portable
VCODE and `C; DCG).

Is RTCG used in many commercial products? What range of products use
it? JIT compilers and emulators, for example? I don't mean just
compilers that can compile your program into core rather than to disk,
but very lightweight code generators (repeatedly) invoked during the
running of some application program. I am curious how well RTCG works
with current architectures; Massalin's work was on earlier generations
680x0 machines, where cache consistency and pollution were not big
concerns (the MIT work is more current.)


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