Executable instruction set specification

  title={Executable instruction set specification},
  author={H. Cragon},
  journal={ACM Sigarch Computer Architecture News},
  • H. Cragon
  • Published 1983
  • Computer Science
  • ACM Sigarch Computer Architecture News
  • Various symbolic languages such as RTN (Register Transfer Notation) have been created to describe computer i ns t ruc t ion sets. In general, these languages have served two of the three purposes described by Wulf [Wulf gO]. These languages serve as design tools and as vehicles for human communication. However, these languages are not executable, the t h i r d purpose. When execution is desired, an ad-hoc i n t e rp re te r is created [Ofek 76, Barbacci g l ] . 
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