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Re: Compilation to native

From: Matthew Mundell
Subject: Re: Compilation to native
Date: 24 Mar 2004 23:50:39 +0000
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Juri Linkov <address@hidden> writes:

> > Maybe Richard is right, but I wouldn't be surprised if we can't go much
> > faster than that.  A lot of time is spent in C primitives including
> > binding variables and looking them up.  Also a lot of the time spent in
> > function call is cleverly spread and duplicated between the caller and the
> > callee which are at two different places, so there's a lot of opportunities
> > for optimization but it's very difficult to do it at all, let
> > alone do it automatically.
> Yes, this would require implementing an optimizing Lisp compiler
> which is a tremendous task.

The byte compiler already does some optimisation.  Surely the
combination of byte compiler and compilation to native heads towards
an optimising Lisp compiler?

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