A W-MACHINE ASSEMBLER AND SIMULATION.
ROME AIR DEVELOPMENT CENTER GRIFFISS AFB N Y
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A W-machine is a conceptual device which is the theoretical equivalent to a two-symbol Turing machine but which more closely than a Turing machine resembles a general purpose computer. This report describes an assembler which has been generated for a W-machine. A program which accepts and processes W-machine programs written in the assembly language, simulates the operation of a W-machine and outputs the results, is presented. Sample W-machine programs and their results are illustrated along with the use of the assembler and its error returns. The assembler and the simulation are offered to teachers and students as useful instructional devices which can bridge the gap between some of the theoretical abstractions of information processing theory and the practical realities of computer programming. Author
- Computer Programming and Software
- Computer Hardware