RTX-2000 processor PC/AT add-in card (any takers?)
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Tue Apr 11 12:05:33 CDT 2017
> On Apr 11, 2017, at 12:37 PM, Chuck Guzis via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
> On 04/10/2017 02:23 PM, Eric Smith wrote:
>> When the 432 project (originally 8800) started, there weren't many
>> people predicting that C (and its derivatives) would take over the world.
> That's the danger of a too-aggressive CISC, isn't it? I suppose that
> it's safe to say that if you look under the hood of any modern CPU,
> there's a RISC machine in there somewhere.
Back then it would have seemed a reasonable assumption that high level, strongly typed, languages would continue to flourish. If you assume Algol or Pascal or Ada, a machine like the 432 (or like the Burroughs 5500 and its descendants) makes perfect sense.
I don't think this is exactly a question of RISC vs. CISC, but rather a question of how you believe addressing is done. For example, the EL-X8 is a one address machine with a regular instruction layout, which makes it somewhat RISC like in structure. But it has addressing modes clearly designed for efficient handling of block structured recursive languages like Algol.
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