Recoding Lisp programs in C

Jay Freeman freeman at spar.UUCP
Sat Oct 5 05:03:07 AEST 1985


There's another issue beside time and speed, having to do with real-time
systems.  A current net discussion bewails the plight of the poor F-16
pilot bounced by a Foxbat, when his or her Ada-coded countermeasures system
raises an error message due to run-time range checking.  But imagine the
plight of the same pilot when the revised fire-control system -- rewritten
in Lisp -- says "Garbage Collection" and goes to sleep for a while.

(There are Lisp implementations that do incremental garbage collection, of
Jay Reynolds Freeman (Schlumberger Palo Alto Research)(canonical disclaimer)

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