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From Steve Blackburn <Steve.Blackb...@anu.edu.au>
Subject Re: Harmony and JamVM (Re: JIRA and SVN)
Date Sat, 21 May 2005 23:51:42 GMT
JamVM sounds very interesting.  A fast lightweight interpreter has at 
least two attractions:

a) portability (this is true regardless of the implementation language, 
the point is that an interpreter does not require a new compiler backend 
to be written for each architecture)
b) compactness

If the lightweight interpreter were a pluggable component, or if we 
could use JamVM as a prototype for a pluggable lightweight interpreter, 
I think that would be a real asset.

Rob, what do you think?  Could the JamVM interpreter be extracted as a 
pluggable module?  Could the JamVM interpreter be used as a protype for 
a new componentized implementation (will your insights and lessons 
translate well into a new implementation, or are they mostly 

Is the GC exact or conservative?

In other words, how can Harmony make the most of JamVM's most valuable 



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