[TUHS] Systematic approach to command-line interfaces

Tom Ivar Helbekkmo tih at hamartun.priv.no
Thu Aug 12 04:11:28 AEST 2021

Tom Lyon via TUHS <tuhs at minnie.tuhs.org> writes:

> What if CPU designers would add facilities to directly implement
> inter-process or inter-processor messaging?

You mean like INMOS's Transputer architecture from back in the late
eighties and early nineties?  Each processor had a thread scheduling and
message passing microkernel implemented in its microcode, and had four
bi-directional links to other processors, so you could build a grid.
They designed the language Occam along with it, to be its lowest level
language; it and the instruction set were designed to match.  Occam has
threads and message passing as built-in concepts, of course.

-tih (playing with the Helios distributed OS on Transputer hardware)
Most people who graduate with CS degrees don't understand the significance
of Lisp.  Lisp is the most important idea in computer science.  --Alan Kay

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