[TUHS] pdp-11 assembly as a hll?
pnr at planet.nl
Wed Feb 14 18:41:25 AEST 2018
>> I was wondering what it would take to convert the v6/v7 basic program
>> into something that can be run today.
> Hmmm... If it were C-generated then it would be (somewhat) easy, but it's
> hand-written and hand-optimised... You'd have to do some functional
> analysis on it e.g. what does this routine do, etc.
>> Its 2128 lines. It doesn't have that fun instruction in it :)
> I know! Say ~2,000 lines, say ~100 people on this list, distributed
> computing to the rescue! That's only 20 lines each, so it ought to be a
> piece of cake :-)
I'm up for that! However, only if the resulting C program can be compiled/run
on a V6/PDP11 again.
Let's assume that reverse engineering a subroutine of 20 lines takes
an hour. That then makes for 100 hours. If 10 people participate and
contribute one hour/routine per week, it will be done by May.
However, the initial analysis of the code architecture is a (time) hurdle.
PS: the Fortran66 of V6 is also assembler only...
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