Saturday, June 23rd
1175 Bordeaux Dr.
Rooms 197A and 197B
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
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Agenda to: George
Wireless Internet access is anticipated
(though not guaranteed) at Cogswell, so bring your wifi.
When attending SVFIG
meetings, please be aware that Cogswell College now secures its doors on
weekends. To gain entry to the building, there will be an SVFIG member
stationed at the door from 10am to 10:15am to admit recognized SVFIG meeting
attendees. If you are attending an SVFIG meeting for the first time, please
bring along a printout of this agenda to identify your interest in Forth and
gain admission. If you arrive after 10:15am, there will be a telephone number
posted for you to call to alert someone of your presence at the door. The front
door will also be checked at intervals of 20 to 30 minutes to accommodate those
Do not under any
circumstances let any strangers enter Cogswell. Those who are authorized
admittance have key-cards.
- 09:00 --- Surplus Computers
Parking Lot Sale
This is at their new warehouse location,
not at the site of their old retail store!
Dr., San Jose, CA 95134
(Off Interstate Highway 101, cross
streets are Trimble & First Street.)
- 10:00 --- Coffee and a Chat
talks will begin at 11am to accommodate those who want to go to the Surplus
Computers parking lot sale. Coffee will be served at Cogswell for those who
want to have a cup and a chat.
- 11:00 --- F# Revisited --- CH
Ting will discuss the various functions of his current F# Forth
implementation and the problems he's seen with it . He's pondering revisions
and will explore the direction the project is headed. He is eager for
discussion, critique, and input before he proceeds.
- Noon --- Lunch
Some folks bring
their lunch, some folks go to Togos.
- 13:30 --- Introductions, Announcements,
Rumors, and Random Access
- 14:00 --- Minimal Instruction Set
Computers: A Tale of Quirky Little Machines --- Don Roberts
"Over the years Moore and Ting have developed instruction sets that carefully
balance a minimalist philosophy against the needs of program development and
efficient execution. Practicality aside, what's the minimum number of
instructions needed to support universal computation? Rather than theory, I'll
discuss a couple of examples including an actual machine built in the late
1960s with only 8 opcodes."
- 15:15 --- Shareware, Freeware, and
Trialware --- All Assembled
Bring in the name of your favorite
bit of download. Anything from violin tuners to packet sniffers is fair
- 15:45 --- Discussion of presentation
ideas for the July SVFIG meeting
This means you!
How you can help:
- Bring your speaker and topic suggestions
to every meeting!
- Your input for November's Forth Day is
Coming to SVFIG in July:
- FEFFF -- A Refactored P16 - Don
"I finally found enough excuses to start building my own Forth
engine. Using Ting's P16 as the starting point, I refactored the RTL
architecture and instruction set in consideration of FPGA characteristics. The
ALU uses only a few percent of a $25 Spartan chip, and all memory is on-chip.
Synthesized from behavioral VHDL, simulation indicates a clock speed of about
Coming to SVFIG soon:
- A presentation by Andy Korsak about WAV
file and soundcard I/O software using Win32Forth for amateur radio applications
is being planned. His
work is posted on the Yahoo Win32Forth group. You must be a member of this
group to access those files.
Please register your interest for these
- A presentation by a representative from
Off the table:
If you have anything you'd
like to talk about in June,
please contact Kevin