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KCL on a SPARCstation 1
A big hello to everyone on the KCL mailing list from a new kcl user,
and special thanks to Ron Olphie for his welcome message.
I saw on the KCL mail archive some questions about availability of
KCL on SPARC machines. As a matter of fact, I have just installed
successfully AKCL (KCL + the austin modifications) on my SUN
SPARCstation 1 running SunOS 4.0.3. I ftped the compressed tar files
kcl.tar.Z and akcl-1-222.tar.Z from rascal.ics.utexas.edu, untarred
them, and followed the instructions of the README file from akcl.
Everything went very smoothly, and I was able to run the gabriel
benchmarks (also ftped from rascal.ics.utexas.edu) a few hours later.
Here are the benchmark results on the SPARCstation 1 (fast indeed!) :
For kcl Common Lisp
Fri Oct 13 15:32:20 MET 1989
However, I should warn you that KCL alone (without the austin mods)
does not run on SPARC chips, as there are about 30 lines of assembly
code without a SPARC version. A quick look into akcl showed that at
least a part of this assembly code has been replaced by C macros to
be expanded inline. Not only it is portable, but a comment says it
is also faster!!
In my opinion, the austin mods are very worthwhile as they provide for
a faster, more portable and bug-free KCL. (I checked many of the bugs
signalled in kcl-mail-archive, and none remained in my akcl version).
I want to thank all the nice souls out there (Yuasa, Hagiya ,Schelter)
for providing us such a nice and professionnal implementation of
Common Lisp. Bravo!
I am still looking for an implementation of CLOS running under KCL.
Please let me know if one is available for ftp somewhere.