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- Subject: Re: RES: package system modification (module loaders)
- From: David Given <dg@...>
- Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2005 20:58:41 +0000
Is this "Tao@" the same as the compile-to-VM-based and then
JIT-compile-to-native-if-you-can parallel processing OS called
Taos (a UK-based firm IIRC) which turned up in the heyday of
Transputer-flavoured multiprogamming at the end of the 80s and
the start of the 90s (1980s and 1990s, that is)?
Yup, that's it. intent (spelt with a small i even at the beginning of
sentences) is the hosted version of Elate, which is version 2 of TAOS.
These days intent is mostly being used as a Java VM; the whole byte-code thing
means that we can write a single, highly optimised Java to VP translator and
we get really fast JIT Java execution on any platform that intent runs on.
Porting our JVM to a new platform involves doing no work; porting the VP
translator to a new platform does involve work, but much less than doing a
tradition Java interpreter port.
We still have a RiscPC with an eight-way Transputer board somewhere in a
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