||Daddy, Are We There Yet? A Discussion with Alan Kay|
|Subject:||Contrary to Kay, hardware was not the issue|
Kay claims that PARC hardware ran Smalltalk faster because the hardware was optimized for it. Sort of -- the Alto and successors like the Dolphin and Dorado had programmable microcode, and they implemented the Smalltalk VM at that level. But this is hardly a panacea, and the fact is that those machines had pretty poor performance (except for the Dorado, which solved the problem by throwing exotic ECL chips at it, at a cost of nearly $100,000 a unit.)
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Contrary to Kay, hardware was not the issue
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