[Newbies] A squeak machine?

Todd Blanchard tblanchard at mac.com
Fri May 5 15:20:11 UTC 2006

There's another list where the squeak vm developers hang out.  Try  
asking over on vm-dev at discuss.squeakfoundation.org

Your project sounds seriously cool!

On May 5, 2006, at 1:20 AM, Jim Davis wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm just a post silicon test engineer for a company that is  
> developing a object oriented medium grain parallel processor on a  
> chip. It's quite a bit like a FPGA, but the chip implements ALU  
> state machines and table lookup logic. It has multiply / accumulate  
> (dot product) units, datapath muxes and lots of memory. The kicker  
> is it's a tagged architecture, with 5 bits riding shotgun on the 16  
> bits of data. That's 8 bits of tag and  2 ready bits for a real- 
> world 32 bit object.  I've heard talk in the office that a harvard/ 
> princeton machine demo hack implementation would be nice, but  that  
> seems really 1950's .My first thought was to build a FORTH machine,  
> or a bunch of forth machines, But Squeak seems really attractive  
> and it goes well with the object oriented mindset of the company  
> and the chip.
> So? do you think I should burn a couple hundred hours of my own  
> time trying to cook this up?
> BTW: this thing runs at 1 GHz and has 256 alu's,  64 macs,  tons of  
> registers and scratch and  2X266 Mhz 40 bit ddr2 dram interfaces  
> with 256 Mwords of store..
> AKA: Mr Jones.
> Just how do I implement a parallel or massivly pipeline(d) squeak  
> machine?
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