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[Axiom-developer] axiom progress

From: root
Subject: [Axiom-developer] axiom progress
Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2003 13:40:05 -0500

The current state of the state is that I've got the interpreter
running. There are still a few cleanup issues so that it builds
correctly from the source tree and these involve the databases
it uses, which involve the algebra. 

There are a large number of categories, domains, and packages in
the system (over 1000) and I'm working out the lattice that
determines what depends on what so the algebra can be built from
the sources. It isn't really a lattice, however, as there are 
circular dependencies making parts of it a graph. Anyway, I've
broken some of the cycles and have roughly 1/3 of the algebra
compiled from scratch. More work needs to be done but progress
is being made, albeit slower than I had hoped. I've lost the
tools I had to do this and am favoring progress over
tool-building so this is being done by hand. And I'm trying to
document the pile as I touch it so you can understand how it
all works.

On a different front it appears that HP has a developer farm
that will allow us to port to a large combination of hardware,
OS, and software. I will shortly have access to their site.
Check out if you're interested in trying
to port Axiom to all kinds of environments including, if you're
up for a challenge, the DL590 64-bit Itanium boxes. Porting will
involve intimate knowledge of the underlying lisp (and its
underlying C) so choose your poison carefully. I hope to see
CCL, GCL, and CMUCL available.

If you uncover any other place that will allow us access to
their equipment please let me know. It is important that we
get Axiom running on a wide range of systems.

I'll be out of the country on business until next week and will
probably not have net access. I will have a laptop where I can
make progress and plan to do a CVS update when I return. With
that CVS version you should be able to develop new algebra and
have a running Axiom.

Tim Daly

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