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From "Geir Magnusson Jr." <ge...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Inventory of assets
Date Tue, 24 May 2005 01:32:36 GMT

On May 23, 2005, at 9:15 PM, Steve Blackburn wrote:

> The wealth of ideas that are coming to the table is impressive.
> I suggest that we establish some sort of inventory of our  
> "assets" (presumably on the wiki).  I think that such a resource  
> will be enormously helpful to a project like this one which is  
> trying to bring together a huge pool of enthusiasm, prior work and  
> outstanding research.  If this project could produce a VM that  
> literally combined the best of all of the work at the table, it  
> would be a formidable VM indeed.
> By "assets", I mean everything from the concrete (donated code), to  
> the more abstract (resources such as papers like the one Andy  
> posted to the list yesterday).  I think that if we maintain this as  
> we go along, it could prove to be a really valuable resource.  To  
> me this is our strength---so many different individuals bringing  
> different expertise to the project, from code to ideas.  If we can  
> catalog that wealth and therefore have it at our collective  
> fingertips, I think the chances of this project capitalizing on  
> those ideas and doing really exciting things will increase greatly.
> I can imagine a tree like structure, with leaves on the tree being  
> assets, each one described briefly---if code, then the level of  
> availability and license, and perhaps a summary with pointers to  
> more info.  If a paper, then a short summary and a pointer, etc etc  
> etc.  For example, I think all of the VMs we're aware of should be  
> leaves of a VM node in the tree.  The Boehm collector adn MMTk are  
> obvious leaves of the VM.GC node.  The paper Andy raised could be  
> added to VM.interpreter.  It may in fact be a graph, with, JamVM,  
> for example getting a mention under VM.interpreter as well as VM  
> and OVM could be under VM and VM.java-in-java, etc etc etc.  In a  
> relatively short period of time, this could become a great  
> repository of the state of the art in VM design and implementation.
> It may then be that the technical FAQ simply becomes a set of  
> references to the inventory of ideas.

I thought we were already doing this.

Feel free to reorganize in a way that you see adds value.  Whatever  
way you set will probably be the way we go forward. :)


> --Steve

Geir Magnusson Jr                                  +1-203-665-6437

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