Re: HLL for dsp compiler?

Jerry Avins <>
1 Sep 1998 22:20:20 -0400

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From: Jerry Avins <>
Newsgroups: comp.dsp,comp.compilers
Date: 1 Sep 1998 22:20:20 -0400
Organization: The Hectic Eclectic
References: 98-08-199
Keywords: DSP

I came at this question from a different angle, so maybe I can offer
another slant. I asked why Forth, which seemed to me to be an ideal
language for other embedded systems, was not used in DSP work. Several
experienced programmers responded that it would be their first choice,
but that either their employers or their customers wouldn't hear of it.
They nevertheless sang its praises (to someone inclined to hear it that
way). So if I were developing a compiler FOR MY OWN, OR IN-HOUSE USE, it
would be Forth. But if you want to sell source code, go with C or C++.

> My question is which language is the best front-end language for dsp
> compilers?
> If your company should develope a dsp compiler from scratch, what
> front-end language should you choose for your compiler? Most dsp
> compiler uses C, but is that realy a good choice, why not use FORTRAN
> thats made for numerical calculations?
> Does anybody have any reading advice, is there any papers comparing
> diffrent HLL for front-end dsp compilers?

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