VM fast enough?

Rainer Joswig joswig@lavielle.com
Sun, 27 Apr 1997 20:16:21 +0200

Would you think a VM would be fast enough?
Not for writing small gimmick applets, but for running
publishing systems, 3d renderers, doing sound synthesis,
CAD applications, multimedia environments, ...?
Those are all Lisp applications of today.

Would it be fast? I mean fast enough? Or even really
fast? Without building a chip (-> SUN).
How to incorporate MPEG playback, QuickTime, PostScript
engine, JPEG de/compression, GZIP, TCP/IP, ...?
Are there any VM implementations for Java that one
would consider fast? JIT compilation?

- What should the Lisp OS do?
- What would be typical
  applications (a listener is barely enough)?
- Where to start?
- What are the target platforms?
- What are the target users
  (there are not that much Lisp hackers nowadays)?

Sorry for all those questions.

Rainer Joswig, Lavielle EDV Systemberatung GmbH & Co, Lotharstrasse 2b, D22041
Hamburg, Tel: +49 40 658088, Fax: +49 40 65808-202,
Email: joswig@lavielle.com , WWW: http://www.lavielle.com/~joswig/