[Vm-dev] PICs (was: RISC-V J Extension)

Ben Coman btc at openinworld.com
Wed Jul 25 04:36:18 UTC 2018

On 25 July 2018 at 08:00, Phil B <pbpublist at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 24, 2018, 7:18 PM Jecel Assumpcao Jr. <jecel at merlintec.com> wrote:
>> One of the papers in that list is the 1997 techical report "The Space
>> Overhead of Customization". One of the reasons that Java won over Self
>> was that its simple interpreter ran on 8MB machines that most of Sun's
>> customers had while Self needed 24MB workstations which were rare (but
>> would be very common just two years later). Part of that was due to
>> compiling a new version of native code for every different type of
>> receiver even if the different versions didn't really help.
> Just had to interject... are you sure about the year and RAM sizes below?  If correct, was this a lowest common denominator RAM size or perhaps a report from several years earlier?
> I remember in 1997 (might have been early '98) buying a Sun Ultrasparc 2 with 256MB RAM for work (for a workstation, not our servers which had far more) and having 192MB RAM in one of my machines at home.  Seems strange that 'most' of Sun's customers would be at 8 meg in that timeframe as 16-32 was fairly common even on PCs on the low end of what I was working with.

I got curious...
1993 = 66-MHz machine 16MB RAM
1997 = 233-MHz machine 64MB RAM
1999 = 500-MHz machine 128MB RAM

cheers -ben

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