[rescue] Getting steadily further from [intended epithet] rescue

Phil Stracchino alaric at caerllewys.net
Wed Oct 1 15:12:44 CDT 2003

On Wed, Oct 01, 2003 at 06:23:30PM +0100, Mike Meredith wrote:
> On Wed, 1 Oct 2003 10:08:26 -0400, Phil Stracchino wrote:
> > course, virtually no-one in the US has ever heard of ICL or the RSRE
> > Viper chip.
> I haven't heard of the RSRE Viper.

OK, so maybe the Viper was a bit of an overly-specialized example.  It's
a microprocessor developed by the Royal Signals & Research Establishment
for defense applications.  It's no screamer, it's an 80386-class chip in
terms of performance, but there's lots of embedded hardware on the
market right now using less potent processors than that.  What made the
Viper special (and uniquely valuable for military applications) was that
it was expressly and specifically designed to have a simple enough
architecture that the design could be (and was) mathematically PROVEN
to be correct and free of logic bugs.

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