VLSI circuit design using APL with fortran subroutines

@inproceedings{Brenner1984VLSICD,
  title={VLSI circuit design using APL with fortran subroutines},
  author={Norman Brenner},
  booktitle={APL '84},
  year={1984}
}
  • N. Brenner
  • Published in APL '84 1984
  • Computer Science
Our group at IBM Yorktown Research has written a number of tool programs for VLSI design, all in APL. Several crucial algorithms were speeded up by recoding them in Fortran and Assembler Language. For example, the algorithm for complementation of a Boolean expression (which can sometimes have thousands of terms in dozens of variables) is 5 times faster in Fortran than the best APL code I could write. The linking mechanism used from APL to outside languages is the experimental AP403 from IBM… 
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APL compilation and interpretation by translating to F83VEC
TLDR
There are many applications where APL would be advantageous, but slowness or excessive memory requirements preclude its use, so the remedy here is translating APL into F83VEC.

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