How Fast Can a Simple Implementation of E Be?
Mark S. Miller
Sat, 10 Jun 2000 18:45:21 -0700
Announcing the ENative Project.
At http://www.erights.org/enative/ I've posted web pages and source code
for a very simple and readable implementation of Kernel-E in C++. As
explained on these pages, were this work taken even a moderate amount
further, it would tell us, rather reliably, how fast a very simple
implementation of E in C++ along these lines would be. Ping provoked me
into doing this (thanks!), by showing that the current interpretive E on
Java is much slower than Python, while reminding me that Python has a very
simple implementation that people are nevertheless happy with. I see no
reason that an E implemented at the same ambition level cannot do at least
as well, and I suspect it could indeed do somewhat better. ENative is my
incomplete attempt at finding out.
The implementation techniques used come from Lisps, Smalltalks, and especially
With the posting, I hereby put the work down for now. Hopefully one of you
will pick up where I've left off. If you're at all like me, I promise you
it would be a fun project. I found it very hard to stop working on it.