Symbolics 1200XL

Sridhar Ayengar ploopster at gmail.com
Tue Nov 27 00:48:19 CST 2007


Chris Kennedy wrote:
>> What is a Symbolics 1200XZL ... I got the feeling it is lisp from that
>> name?
> 
> It's a Lisp machine based on the single-chip Ivory VLSI implementation.
>  HP did the actual fab in 2, 1.5 and ultimately one micron CMOS.
> 
> Figure at least twice as fast as a 3600 class machine and a lot smaller.
>    Would decidedly be a fun toy to have.

I'm wondering how a machine like this would compare performance-wise to 
a new design using a Symbolics-compatible LISP machine blown into a 
top-end FPGA.  Would it easily fit?  Would it perform well?

Peace...  Sridhar



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