Architecture IMP Compiler Project
IMP is an "ALGOL-like" high-level language that was originally designed as the implementation language for the Edinburgh Multi-Access System, developed at Edinburgh University. It was widely used at Edinburgh University for implementing systems, teaching programming and as a general purpose programming language on many different machines.
Because IMP did not see significant commercial adoption (unlike its contemporary, C and later C++), it is not generally available on current platforms. For the Edinburgh Computing History Project, which aims to collect and publish significant software archives from Edinburgh University, this was a problem, because much of that software heritage is written in IMP. The solution - to produce an IMP compiler for current mainstream Intel x86 machines.
The goal of this project is to produce a "production quality" IMP compiler for current Intel based machines which is compatible with existing tools on those machines. Target platforms are therefore:
The latest release for all three target platforms was verion 1.03 on 14th December 2003, and supports most major language features.