Accession Number : ADA138433

Title :   A Candidate Programming Language.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Jennings,R

PDF Url : ADA138433

Report Date : Dec 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 145

Abstract : Conventional computer architecture are obsolete. They are performance limited, unreliable and hard to program. In addition, they are able to make very inefficient use of the currently available microelectronic technology. This state is perpetuated by the attempt to seek new languages, new operating systems, and new hardware independently; the desire to maintain compatibility with existing systems; and the desire to design with integrated circuits (VLSI) as tiny TTL. This mold is broken by the description of an architecture in which the language, software, and hardware are all designed synergistically, constrained only by the characteristics of the users of automation: people. A candidate language is described and compared with C. Some characteristics of a program support environment are suggested. The hardware structures implied by the proposed architecture are described. Finally, two examples are provided which demonstrate the language. While the next computer architecture to be used for 40 years is not described, enough ideas are described in detail to provide a stimulus and direction to researchers who have been convinced by contemporary computer systems that THERE HAS GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Computer architecture, *Programming languages, Computer programming, Compatibility, Microelectronics, Integrated systems, Integrated circuits, Information processing, Requirements, Management planning and control, Automation, User needs, Theses

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Computer Hardware

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE