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> (Ok, I wasn't plain guessing when I made those decisions, but most
> papers I've seen on stack vs register based VMs and the like are
> mostly theoretical, or based on prototype/proof-of-concept
> implementations.

here's a link to a (short) 1997 paper which describes the rationale
for choosing a register-based vm for inferno, in preference to a
stack-based vm, for easier on-the-fly compilation: