thinking about virtual machines
Sun, 27 Apr 1997 11:32:05 -0600
>Could you get references to these papers for us. Also how does one best
>contact Per Bothner @ Cygnus to discuss the Scheme implementation on Java?
Here is the reference:
AI memo 1576, date unknown, 9 pages, available online as
Supporting dynamic languages on the Java virtual machine
By Olin Shivers
In this note, I propose two extensions to the Java virtual machine
(or VM) to allow dynamic languages such as Dylan, Scheme and
Smalltalk to be efficiently implemented on the VM. These
extensions do not affect the performance of pure Java programs on
the machine. The first extension allows for efficient encoding
of dynamic data; the second allows for efficient encoding of
language-specific computational elements.
Keywords: MIT, Java, Dynamic languages, virtual machines, data
representations, microcode, extensible architecture,
Dylan, Scheme, Smalltalk
Here is the ftp address:
In case anybody has trouble downloading, I can putup my copy for you.
As for contacting Per Bothner @ Cygnus, we can probably
send him a e-mail describing our effort and ask for his comments,
specifically in the light of his experience in Scheme in JAVA
implementations. I do not know how much interested he is in our
effort. But he probably can send his views.