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DerekT-P4-Jul-22 6:24
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trønderen4-Jul-22 16:21
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I don't expect anyone picking up a 30-40 year old architecture to feel obliged to carry forward any or every specific detail in the old design. Like the example you give: That seems to be something we can leave behind.

The important thing is if there are forgotten solutions that might be more viable today than they were when they were left. Even though 99/4A had a poor video RAM interface, still the idea of a register block pointer to memory may be far more realistic today than forty years ago. As far as I remember, at the time of TI-99 cache memory was completely unknown in the microprocessor world (and for some years to come). I am not stating as a fact that cache makes the register block pointer idea a good one, but it might change the situation so that in some context where fast interrupt handling and thousands of threads is essential and far more important than beating x64 on number crunching.

Whenever I tell my 'hope' that Intel would reconsider the ideas behind the 432, to make a truly object oriented processor, someone instantly jumps up: Forget it! The 432 was limited to 8 Ki objects - that is completely useless today! ... So why not make a 432 model 2022 with 4 Gi objects, then? But, I hear you cry, the 432 objects could be of max 4 Ki bytes! (if my memory is correct - don't quote me on that limit) ... So why not let the 432 model 2022 have object up to 4 Gi bytes?

The same thing here: Even though there may be bad partial solution that you don't want to pick up, don't let that keep you from reconsidering other partial solution that might be much better.
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