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Implementing Mathematica

  • To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
  • Subject: [mg48013] Implementing Mathematica
  • From: Jon Harrop <jdh30 at cam.ac.uk>
  • Date: Wed, 5 May 2004 08:11:26 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: University of Cambridge
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

I've knocked up a little interpreter of part of the core language of
Mathematica, written in the ocaml language:

http://www.chem.pwf.cam.ac.uk/~jdh30/programming/mathematica/

I've now optimised the interpreter so that it runs the Ackermann function at
about 1/3rd the speed that Mathematica does.

I believe I have thought of a way to greatly increase the speed of the
interpreter. However, I can't really justify spending any more time on this
unless there is a chance that Wolfram, or someone, would be interested in
buying the result. Is anyone interested in this?

Cheers,
Jon.


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