Hardware Assist for a Microprocessor-Implemented Interpreter
Original Publication Date: 1981-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-12
Microprocessors can be programmed to interpret the instructions execute on main-frame processors having complex architectures, as well as to directly interpret higher level programming languages, but the resulting execution speed is relatively low. A significant performance boost can be realized by adding hardware assists to directly execute selected functions with high usage.