[Haskell-cafe] Native CLient

David Leimbach leimy2k at gmail.com
Tue Dec 29 11:02:22 EST 2009

I guess I'm confused by what it means to "support" this in a language.

My understanding is this is using lightweight virtualization technology
(perhaps via segment register hacks on x86, and something else on ARM) to
provide a safe sandbox to run native code in a browser.  If I had to guess,
I'd say you could run an entire virtualized OS in there, similar to the way
it was done for vx32 with the Plan 9 port to it.  (9vx is a port of the plan
9 operating system to vx32, allowing it to run as a user process on linux,
freebsd, and Mac OS X)

Are you talking about porting the GHC Haskell runtime to NaCL?  If so, then
I think I understand, but the language itself doesn't really need to do
anything special to support this as far as I can tell.


On Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 5:26 AM, Joan Miller <peloko45 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Native CLient (NaCl) [1] is a technology very cool which lets to run
> native code in web applications, and it's being integrated in some
> languages as Python [2]. Go [3] already has rudimentary support for
> Native Client (and it's logical since that both technologies are from
> Google)
> I hope that Haskell also gets support for NaCl and doesn't loose this
> train else a language as Go could get every time more users that until
> now they had gone to Haskell or Erlang mainly for its concurrency.
> [1] http://code.google.com/p/nativeclient/
> [2]
> http://lackingrhoticity.blogspot.com/2009/06/python-standard-library-in-native.html
> [3] http://golang.org/pkg/exp/nacl/
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