[TUHS] Discuss of style and design of computer programs from a

Tony Finch dot at dotat.at
Mon May 8 23:39:36 AEST 2017

Nemo <cym224 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 6 May 2017 at 11:23, ron minnich <rminnich at gmail.com> wrote (in part):
> [...]
> > Lest you think things are better now, Linux uses self modifying code to
> > optimize certain critical operations, and at one talk I heard the speaker
> > say that he'd like to put more self modifying code into Linux, "because it's
> > fun". Oh boy.
> Fun, indeed!  Even self-modifying chips are being touted -- Yikes!

You reminded me of these comments on a bug in NVidia's Tegra
"Project Denver" dynamic JIT firmware:

> small brain: bug in your code
> big brain:  bug in the compiler
> cosmic brain: bug in the cpu's on-chip recompiler
> https://github.com/golang/go/issues/19809#issuecomment-290804472

> This happened with TransMeta back in the day, and now with Tegra. I
> wonder if NVidia has a update deployment strategy...

(Marginally topical relevance is that Linus Torvalds worked for Transmeta)

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