Algol vs Fortran was RE: VHDL vs Verilog

Cameron Kaiser spectre at floodgap.com
Tue Feb 9 12:06:54 CST 2010


> > What "commonly used" constructs are these that are so horribly  
> > inefficient that they would make a multi-GHz processor stumble?   
> > (And in what language(s)?)
> 
>    OBJECTS!
> 
>    Our processors have registers, ALUs, and memory locations...not  
> objects.  (iAPX432 notwithstanding)  Constructs that don't map to  
> that paradigm are going to be inefficient, to a degree that  
> corresponds to how badly they match the paradigm.  And objects don't  
> map to it at all.

Rekursiv!

I liked a lot of the ideas in the 432. Too bad it was a pig.

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