Kyle Cronin Kyle Cronin - 18 days ago 7
C Question

How to implement continuations?

I'm working on a Scheme interpreter written in C. Currently it uses the C runtime stack as its own stack, which is presenting a minor problem with implementing continuations. My current solution is manual copying of the C stack to the heap then copying it back when needed. Aside from not being standard C, this solution is hardly ideal.

What is the simplest way to implement continuations for Scheme in C?

Answer

I remember reading an article that may be of help to you: Cheney on the M.T.A. :-)

Some implementations of Scheme I know of, such as SISC, allocate their call frames on the heap.

@ollie: You don't need to do the hoisting if all your call frames are on the heap. There's a tradeoff in performance, of course: the time to hoist, versus the overhead required to allocate all frames on the heap. Maybe it should be a tunable runtime parameter in the interpreter. :-P