Design of Virtual Machines

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3 Apr 1997 14:05:39 -0500

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From: Dave <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 3 Apr 1997 14:05:39 -0500
Organization: FIMS, Massey University
Keywords: architecture, design, question, comment

I am part of a group at Massey university building a meta-CASE tool.
Part of this work is related to an object orientated language we have
designed for representing software engineering methodologies. We are
actively considering various alternatives regarding the execution of
this language.

I am interested in the design of virtual machines, their architecture,
instructions sets, the context they were uses in, interpreters and so

I would greatly appreciate any references to papers/books/web sites
etc which cover the background and use of VMs.

Thanks in advance, David
[I'd suggest translating to Java byte codes and using one of the
available Java interpreters. That way, as people produce better Java
runtime implementations you can just use them. I can't think of any
other VM designs that are getting much implementation attention other
than the S/38-AS/400 which is a lot harder to find out about. -John]

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