BIT Numerical Mathematics

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 124-140

First online:

The design of the GIER ALGOL compiler Part I

  • Peter Naur

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The report gives a full description of the design of an ALGOL 60 system for the GIER, a machine having 1024 words of cores and 12800 words on drum. An introductory section gives the historical perspective of the design and the principal characteristics of the machine. The second section discusses the problems of the running ALGOL program: storage allocation and addressing of variables, program references, procedure calls, and the automatic administration of transfers of program segments from the drum to the core store.

The second part of the report will describe the translator, and the performance of the system.