Wanted stuff (Was: Pretty good week)

From: William Donzelli <william_at_ans.net>
Date: Sat Feb 28 18:57:41 1998

> what they came up with was the machine that the intel 432 should have
> been - the architecture of it was completely object-oriented, even down
> to the handle:offset-based addressing. a lot of oo mechanisms were done
> in hardware, there as no concept of linear address space, and the
> machine ran under the steam of its own language, lingo (used in at least
> one academic book on oo - we read it during our degree course - and
> afawk not related to the inferno project, although it's possible...).
> there was a byte article on it somewhere too (dick pountain).

This is very similar to how AS/400s work (and I think S/38s, to some
degree). The internal CPUs (classic ones are custom, newer ones are
PowerPC) are not visible to any program directly - they go thru a bunch of
hardware and firmware first to deal with the objects.

William Donzelli
Received on Sat Feb 28 1998 - 18:57:41 GMT

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