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 Aug 04, 2004 - 12:28 PM - by Michael
* Emulation best for historical preservation?

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Bob Supnik of Sun Microsystems has an interesting op-ed over at ACMQueue: Simulators: Virtual Machines of the Past (and Future).

The article's on emulation as a historical tool - Supnik argues that emulation is a necessary tool in the programmer's arsenal. With it we can build simulations of hardware that no longer exists, is prohibitively space-intensive to use, and can even move on to emulate hardware that doesn't exist (Java Virtual Machine, anyone?).

He also goes into a good deal of the pitfalls of emulation on page 2 and 3, especially when it comes to real-world timing issues. A great read for anyone who wants to understand why no system has ever been 100% perfectly emulated.
 

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