New kid on the block / introduction

Tom Novelli tnovelli at
Thu Nov 2 04:39:07 PST 2006

Welcome aboard, Ed.  Sounds like you got into this the same way I did,
through Fare's Assembly-Howto.  You probably found RetroForth too...
the newer versions might be useful as an example for interfacing with

It's good to have a Ruby hacker here, as none of us seem to be, and
it's an unusual language.  I've only played with it a little, but it
looks like LISP without parenthesis...  Eventually we might like to
incorporate Ruby into our great multi-language compiler system,
when/if we write it, but don't hold your breath -- it could be
decades.  I would encourage you to go ahead with your project... If
you succeed, it'll make Ruby a more viable language.  Elegant,
high-level, high-performance implementations (for any language) are
hard to find.

- Tom

On 10/30/06, M. Edward (Ed) Borasky <znmeb at> wrote:
> I just discovered the TUNES project yesterday, following trails on the
> Internet (Linux assembly and various Forth interpreters). I was a Forth
> hacker in the golden FIG days, but I haven't done much with it recently.
>  Right now, I'm mostly interested in high-performance implementations of
> the Ruby language ... virtual machines, assembly language kernels,
> compiler hacks, etc.
> In particular, I'm mostly interested in efficient use of multi-core
> 64-bit Intel and AMD processors on Linux platforms. Windows and MacOS
> compatibility are less desirable -- I really want (to build) the
> ultimate 64-bit multi-core multi-node distributed Ruby platform.

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