Friday, September 2, 2011

On the Lisp machines

The Lisp machines had a hardware support for automating memory management, persistence, and many other tasks we could do with automating today. The way they achieved this was to use a single address space tagging architecture.

However, the real advantage of the Lisp machines is their use of Lisp all the way down. You could trace anything all the way down to the device drivers, and the system was based upon Lisp you could effectively automate anything.

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