And speaking of ALGOL
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Tue Aug 11 11:20:17 CDT 2015
On 08/11/2015 08:37 AM, Paul Koning wrote:
> No, it was a CDC product, but developed by CDC Holland (at their
Rijswijk office). Apparently it was created at the insistence of a
number of CDC’s academic customers in Europe.
Which explains why I never saw it at CPD SVLOPS. CDC in those days was
fond of "bootleg" products. MACE/KRONOS/NOS being the chiefest of them.
At least one program that I wrote (in a week) was turned into an
official product, complete with reference manual. It was never intended
as anything more than a way fro me to get my own work done. "Ports" of
it were downright silly.
> Which makes sense; it demonstrates what nearly everyone now knows,
> which is that RISC architecture is a very good way to design a
What it told me was that byte.character addressability wasn't all that
it was cracked up to be. Even after the CYBER 70 introduced the CMU (on
the 72/73 only; not on the 74), use of it didn't contribute massively to
the speed of COBOL.
> I suspect part of the reason is that Algol wasn’t all that popular in
> the USA even if its heyday. Add to that the fact that most computer
> designers weren’t all that skilled in software. And finally, as the
> RISC experience has shown, it isn’t really worth it.
...which is why we're all working in x86 today. :)
What RISC does demand is a fast memory system. The 6600 had 1 usec
memory interleaved 10 ways, so it could issue a read or write every
machine cycle (100 nsec). Without that, the 6600 could well have been a
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