Language-side Foreign Function Interfaces with NativeBoost

Abstract : Foreign-Function-Interfaces (FFIs) are a prerequisite for close system integration of a high-level language. With FFIs the high-level environment interacts with low-level functions allowing for a unique combination of features. This duality has a strong impact on the implementation of the FFI: it has to be flexible and fast at the same time. We propose NativeBoost a language-side approach to FFIs that only requires minimal changes to the VM. NativeBoost directly creates specific native code at language-side and thus combines the flexibility of a language-side library with the performance of a native plugin.
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Camillo Bruni, Stéphane Ducasse, Igor Stasenko, Luc Fabresse. Language-side Foreign Function Interfaces with NativeBoost. International Workshop on Smalltalk Technologies, Sep 2013, Annecy, France. ⟨hal-00840781v1⟩



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