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Fri Mar 2 16:33:47 GMT 2007

direct threading

i'm trying to write an interpreter with these properties:
- proper tail calls (caller saves continuation)
- continuations can be invoked by 'RUN'
- direct threading.


in direct threading, threaded code is a list of pointers that points
to executable code, and a continuation is a pointer that points to a
list of such pointers. so yes, these constraints can be satisfied:

- composite = array of primitive
- continuation = composite
- a composite code can be wrapped in a primitive using a simple header

TBLPTR -> composite code
PC     -> primitive code

see direct.f -- summary: the most important change is threaded code +
proper tail calls by moving the continuation saving to the caller.




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