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Date: 2008-12-19 (22:50)
From: Jon Harrop <jon@f...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] More cores
On Friday 19 December 2008 22:36:40 Erik de Castro Lopo wrote:
> Jon Harrop wrote:
> > I have actually already started this using the excellent LLVM project and
> > I just obtained the first promising results yesterday: a simple benchmark
> > where my compiler runs OCaml code 3x faster than ocamlopt does.
> Is this going to be an open source project?


> Is this (or is this going to be) developed in the open with the sources in a
> publicly available revision control system?

Yes. I will, most likely, work on this as a fun project for as long as 
possible in an attempt to build something vaguely inspiring before I put the 
code up somewhere (e.g. OCamlForge). I will be more than happy to give 
contributors commit access to the source because I am very busy with 
unrelated projects. If anyone is desperately keen to have a play then I'll 
consider putting it up immediately.

The only thing that some might object to is that I would like to make this a 
commerce-friendly platform if possible, i.e. facilitate the buying and 
selling of libraries built upon this platform. I don't see that this desire 
has any negative effects but I believe the presence of a commercial platform 
built around such a foundation would help to provide much-needed resources to 
fund further work.

I should also mention that several other people are working on similar things, 
also building upon LLVM. Someone has even tried to contribute an ML 
implementation to LLVM itself as a configuration tool:


Dr Jon Harrop, Flying Frog Consultancy Ltd.