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From: mi400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:mi400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx]On
Behalf Of Jon Paris
Sent: Monday, October 13, 2003 10:40 AM
To: mi400@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Cc: Bruce Vining
Subject: [MI400] RE: MI Emulator

>IBM have made it very clear that they have no desire to encourage MI
>programming other than through C, so doing anything really doesn't make
>much sense (from their perspective anyway).  Remember _they_ don't use
>MI.

there is also the issue of an academic exercise to extend the architecture
of the system. It is possible with a fully unleashed MI to create new object
types on the system.  An FTP object for instance would contain all the
attributes needed to send a file to a particular host system. By combining
the instruction pointer with the single level store, it is possible to jump
to code that resides anywhere on the system. That means you can perform
dynamic procedure calls without the need for the link edit of ILE. The event
handling system of the as400 would be neat to be able to work with.
Threads, process syncronization, parellel processing. My goodness, what a
dull bunch must be running IBM these days.

Contra phrasing Jon's statement that he does not understand the fascination
with MI, I dont understand why the people who work at IBM dont want the
architecture of the as400 to be fully explored and exploited.

-Steve Richter



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