Z-Machine Implemented in Hardware

Sunday 30 November 2014, 11:25 pm   ////  

It happened to some extent with LISP, which certainly started out as a software programming language, and the LISP machines, which supported the language with hardware features.

Now, the Z-Machine, which was probably the first commercial virtual machine, developed in 1979 by Joel Berez and Marc Blank for Infocom, has been implemented in hardware using an FPGA. The Verilog code is available, so you can make your own if you like.

It all goes to show you … there is no software.

1 Comment »

  1. This is not the first time this has been done (I’ve seen other projects over the past few years) but it’s always a pleasure when it’s done.

    Comment by Jason Scott — 2014-12-01 @ 3:18 am

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