[Haskell-cafe] Retargeting Haskell compiler to embedded/hardware

Sean Leather leather at cs.uu.nl
Wed Sep 29 04:28:31 EDT 2010

Don Stewart:

> tomahawkins:
> > A few years ago I attempted to build a Haskell hardware compiler
> > (Haskell -> Verilog) based on the Yhc frontent.  At the time I was
> > trying to overcome several problems [1] with implementing a hardware
> > description language as a light eDSL, which convinced me a proper
> > compiler may be a better approach.  Yhc was recommended as a good
> > starting point since it had a simpler IR compared with GHC -- at least
> > at the time.
> >
> > I am considering restarting this effort, but this time to target hard
> > realtime embedded code.  What is the recommended compiler to start
> > from?  I need an IR that is post type checking with as much desugaring
> > as possible, and a code base that is relatively easy to splice and
> > build.
> >
> > My other requirement is not to be bound to IO () for 'main'.  The top
> > level will be a monad, but with different semantics than IO.  I would
> > also like to reuse the standard library, with exception to the values
> > related to IO.
> >
> > What are my options?
> Have you looked at Clash, the GHC to VHDL compiler?

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