Accession Number : AD0711965

Title :   USE OF HIGH LEVEL LANGUAGES FOR SYSTEMS PROGRAMMING.

Descriptive Note : Technical memo.,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE PROJECT MAC

Personal Author(s) : Graham,Robert M.

Report Date : SEP 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : The basic problems in the design and implementation of large software systems are reviewed. Using a high level language, such as PL/1, to implement a large software system has many advantages. Several of the major advantages and how they contribute to the solution of the major implementation problems are discussed. It is pointed out that none of the high level languages existing today help in solving the problem of performance prediction. It is then postulated that a language designed specifically for software design and implementation would not only be a major factor in the solution of the basic problems of software design and implementation previously discussed, but it would also make it possible to automatically predict the performance of the software being designed. Some properties of such a language are explored. A direction for obtaining the performance measure through the use of analysis and simulation is explored. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES, DESIGN), PROBLEM SOLVING, INFORMATION RETRIEVAL, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), MATHEMATICAL MODELS

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE