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Tcl implemented in hardware?

Posted by lanjun (lanjun), 7 January 2007
hi,
I find a question(From: ptkwt shell1.aracnet.com (Phil Tomson)), and i also don't know the answer. maybe you can help me?

"This is a rather strange item.  I was checking out comp.arch.fpga
(newsgroup dedicated to subjects dealing with using FPGAs[Field Programmable Gate Arrays] for computing) and saw a post that pointed to
this link:

http://www.gmvhdl.com/acrodesign/research.html#tob

They've apparently implemented a Tcl interpreter in _hardware_.
Does Tcl have a virtual machine (I didn't think it did)?  Perhaps they've
implemented a Tcl virtual machine in hardware (I suppose it would be
called a 'real' machine then since it wouldn't be 'virtual' anymore).

Ruby in hardware anyone?  That could speed things up quite a bit.  Or how
about Parrot in hardware?"


Recently, i read the features and benefites(From: http://www.tcl.tk/about/features.html) that said "With Tcl you can easily connect to testing hardware or internal APIs of an application, invoke test functions, check the results, and report errors. ".
so,is tcl really support hardware


Posted by admin (Graham Ellis), 7 January 2007
I don't know if it's been done, but I do know that Tcl is likely to be quite an easy language to implement in hardware compared to some of the others you mention.

Posted by iamxiaop (iamxiaop), 31 July 2007
I guess that between hardware and TCL, there is API, and DLL library. and TCL doesnt directly control the hardware, it only invoke the functions privided by API and DLL which are always wrotten by instrument makers.



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