Time for a virtual machines newsgroup?

rrt@persephone.al.cl.cam.ac.uk (Reuben Thomas)
2 Nov 1999 00:35:55 -0500

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From: rrt@persephone.al.cl.cam.ac.uk (Reuben Thomas)
Newsgroups: comp.compilers,comp.lang.forth,comp.lang.smalltalk,comp.lang.java.machine
Followup-To: comp.compilers
Date: 2 Nov 1999 00:35:55 -0500
Organization: University of Cambridge
Keywords: architecture, comment

There are many newsgroups on which virtual machines (VMs) are
discussed, especially comp.compilers and the comp.lang.* hierarchy,
but there currently seems to be no newsgroup for discussion of virtual
machines in general.

Discussion of VM issues is often of tangential interest to the
majority of readers of these groups, yet many people are directly
interested in VMs. At the moment, there are many VM developers in
different communities who are isolated from each other and have to
make the same mistakes and learn the same lessons independently simply
because they have no common forum.

I think it's time for a newsgroup for the discussion of VM design and
implementation, all the way from formal models down to the nitty
gritty such as ways to make GNU C compile your bytecode interpreter
more efficiently.

I'm interested in posting an RFD for comp.vm (or similar), but I
thought I'd test the waters first. What do people think?
http://sc3d.org/rrt/ | certain, a. insufficiently analysed
[Creating a newsgroup is a pain in the neck. I'd be happy to host a
mailing list to see if there's sufficient interest. If you'd be interested
in subscribing, drop me a note at compilers-request@iecc.com. -John]

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