Spice Lisp

Spice Lisp (Scientific Personal Integrated Computing Environment) is a programming language, a dialect of Lisp. Its implementation, originally written by Carnegie Mellon University's (CMU) Spice Lisp Group, targeted the microcode of the 16-bit workstation PERQ, and its operating system Accent.[1][2] It used that workstation's microcode abilities (and provided microcodes for the languages Pascal, C, and Ada) to implement a stack machine architecture to store its data structures as 32-bit objects and to enable run time type-checking. It would later be popular on other workstations.

Spice Lisp
ParadigmsMulti-paradigm: procedural, functional, object-oriented, meta, reflective, generic
Designed byScott E. Fahlman
DeveloperCarnegie Mellon University (CMU) Spice Lisp Group
First appeared1980 (1980)
Final release
Final / 1985 (1985)
Typing disciplineDynamic, strong
ScopeLexical, optional dynamic
Implementation languageSpice Lisp
PlatformPDP-10, PERQ
OSTOPS-10, Accent
Influenced by
Lisp, Common Lisp
CMU Common Lisp (CMUCL)

Spice Lisp evolved into an implementation of Common Lisp, and was renamed CMU Common Lisp (CMUCL).


  1. Gabriel, Richard P. (May 1985). Performance and evaluation of Lisp systems (PDF). MIT Press; Computer Systems Series. ISBN 978-0-262-07093-6 Check |isbn= value: checksum (help). LCCN 85-15161.
  2. "CMUCL history".
This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.