[virtmach] IEEE 745 Floating Point VM
Tue, 12 Dec 2000 08:37:36 -0000
> Has anyone seen/thought about a IEEE 745 Floating Point Virtual Machine.
We looked at building a silicon machine back in the early 90s
(about 93, I think). The big problem then, as now, was that the
FP performance of high end CPUs was increasing faster than we as
a small consortium could possibly keep up with.
If you are thinking of using the virtual machine code as a
distribution mechanism and back end compiling it (JIT), then an
FP VM has its attractions, otherwise the performance limitations
may lead to acceptance problems on high end systems. On low end
systems it should be perfectly acceptable.
What is your rationale for an FP virtual machine?
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