frustum at pacbell.net
Thu Jan 1 12:29:41 CST 2009
Jim Battle wrote:
>> I remember reading a computer architecture book back in the early/mid
>> 80s, I think it was by Stone. The subject was "advanced"
>> architectures. One section described on attempt to build a
>> timesharing system for running a BASIC-like subset, and everything was
>> hardwired -- parsing was via gate-level state machines, not
>> microcode. The intended audience was college-level computer classes.
>> As I recall, they gave up after getting a simplified version going.
> Dang, I have the book. I bought used recently it because of its i432
> section, but didn't recognize it was the same book I had read so many
> years ago.
> Chapter 8 of "Advances in Computer Architecture" describes the SYMBOL
> computer, designed and built buy Fairchild Camera, and operated at Iowa
> State. Only one was built. The design was started in the mid 60s.
> Here is an excerpt:
I forgot to mention I had the author wrong. "Advances in Computer Architecture," by
Myers. Mine is the second edition, 1981.
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