[Haskell] [ANNOUNCE] yhc - York Haskell Compiler

Lennart Augustsson lennart at augustsson.net
Tue Nov 15 05:36:31 EST 2005

Simon Peyton-Jones wrote:
> | I am aware of some experiments with alternative back-ends for ghc, but
> I
> | don't know of any work on a ghc back-end generating portable bytecode.
> | A few years ago some work was done towards a ghc-hugs fusion, but in
> the
> | end hugs remained separate and the ghc people developed ghci.  Perhaps
> | ghc and/or hugs developers can comment further?
> GHCi does indeed generate byte code, but we have never gotten around to
> trying to dump it into files and reload it.  That might be an
> interesting project -- but it only gives a constant performance factor
> over loading the source files in the first place, so it's not clear that
> it's a major win.

The major win with having the byte code in a file is that you could
have a stand alone byte code interpreter (and runtime system).
That would make bootstrapping GHC a much less daunting task.

	-- Lennart

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