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> > The port to Microdata hardware by Pick and Associates was the first time
> > the instruction set was implemented in firmware. The other ports had been
> > done via software -- creating a library containing macros that expanded
> > into the native instruction set of the target hardware.
> > Pick and Nelson conceived the DBMS, query language and machine-independent
> > data management operators in 1965, shortly before Richards developed the
> > BCPL and INTCODE (intermediate code) at Cambridge. That was about a decade
> > before Ken Bowles and his students came up with the UCSD P-System.
David Lyons wrote:
> So is that as fast as the 2.4Ghz 64-bit thing that my local plumber just
> bought last week?
Is "fast" the only basis for qualifying as a technology with merit? If, for
example, you embed that 2.4 GHz 64-bit processor in a smart phone, will the
asbestos gloves be color-coordinated to match the phone?
As for virtual machines, they're still very much in use (VMWare, Microsoft
Virtual PC, Java VM). And silicon solutions still have appeal today. Fujitsu has
done it for Java. DataPower and Tarari accelerate XML processing using
board-level products and network appliances.
======== Ken North ===========