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Functional Characteristics of a Multilingual Processor
July 1971 (vol. 20 no. 7)
pp. 732-742
This paper describes the functional characteristics of the Standard Computer MLP-900 processor. This microprogrammable processor is designed for general-purpose emulation of a wide variety of known processors as well as being adaptable to new general-purpose and special-purpose applications. Two approaches to the design of microprogrammed processors, namely minimally encoded and highly encoded, are considered. The significant architectural properties that provide the multilingual capability are discussed. A target language-execution strategy for the MLP-900 is presented followed by a problem-oriented target instruction set which provides for packed field operations. Finally, some projected uses of the processor are considered.
Index Terms:
Computer architecture, instruction sets, microprogramming.
Citation:
H.W. Lawson, B.K. Smith, "Functional Characteristics of a Multilingual Processor," IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 20, no. 7, pp. 732-742, July 1971, doi:10.1109/T-C.1971.223342
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