Optimized Machine-Independent Extended FORTRAN for Minicomputer Programming

Gordon S. Novak Jr.

Department of Computer Sciences
University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712

This paper was written while the author was employed at Tracor, Inc.

Copyright © 1976 by ACM.

This article appears in Proc. ACM SIGMINI/SIGPLAN Interface Meeting on Programming Systems in the Small Processor Environment, March 1976. ACM SIGPLAN Notices, Vol. 11, No. 4 (April 1976), pp. 40-44.


A FORTRAN compiler is being developed to aid in writing systems and application programs for minicomputers. The compiler is machine-independent in the sense that it can be made to generate code for a new machine with relatively little effort. The FORTRAN language accepted by the compiler is extended to facilitate the writing of "systems" programs. Particular emphasis is placed on optimization of the generated code for efficiency of storage utilization.