Harvard vs. vonNeuman

From: Andy Holt <andyh_at_andyh-rayleigh.freeserve.co.uk>
Date: Tue Sep 28 13:46:38 2004

> I have yet to see a good use for self-modifying code. Other than
> subroutines and interupts placing data into a code segement the only
> self modifying code I have seen was for the 8088.
> Ben.

On the CDC6600 - and, for that matter most machine architectures that
preceded the IBM /360 - the subroutine call instruction writes a jump to the
return address as the first word of the subroutine and then branches to the
second. Before Manchester invented "B-lines" (index registers)
self-modifying code was needed even for indexing.

It is almost a definition of a modern architecture that code need not be
(and often cannot be) self-modifying.

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