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SUN vs Lisp machine hardware differences?
Date: Wed, 05 Aug 87 10:52:42 PDT
From: larus%paris.Berkeley.EDU at berkeley.edu (James Larus)
One other point that should not be lost in the discussion is that the
Symbolics address space contains a lot more code and data than an
equivalent Lisp address space on a Sun. The Unix system code is
written in C, which has a smaller object size than the current Sun
Lisp code. Also, a number of utilities that are part of the Lisp
Machine address space (editors, mail programs, etc.) are dynamically
loaded (i.e., processes), so to be fair, we must count part of the
Unix file system as being in the "address space."
Do you consider this a bug or a feature? I consider it a great
feature that I get to alter my editor, mail reader, network code,
whatever, in lisp, rather than in some other language, and an even
greater feature that they can each call parts of each other when
I find it ironic that as Lucid is moving in this direction (e.g.
editor in Lisp, multiple processes in one Lisp, etc) Sun went to