design a simple "bytecode"

From: Gábor Lénárt <>
Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2011 17:50:48 +0200
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Hi All,

I have the idea that I want some programs which run on 6502 (and similar)
and Z80 CPUs as well. So I need to have some kind of bytecode, which can be
imagined as the machine code of an imagined CPU. That code must be simple
to be translated easily for the target CPU with the maximal possible
performance (even for the "runtime compiling" and the peformance of the
native code I will have then). The file format should have: no
self-modification, data/code cannot be mixed, so easy automatic compilation
can be done. It would be great to have nice performance with both of Z80
and 6502. There is some kind of "OS" behind it, so it's not a problem that
direct hardware accessing is not possible (as they can be quite different
on machines even using the same CPU): the code itself just calls "OS
functions" identified by a number, for example.

6502 has the advantage of "zero page", so I would like to see similar
feature of the bytecode as well, I can simply name those as "registers" just
I have more than an average 8 bit CPU :) On 6502 this maps to the zero page
locations, on Z80, well, not: they will be regular memory addresses. It was
just an example: if we have some advantage/feature of one of the target
CPUs, it would be nice to use, especially if it's not a disadvantage on the
other CPU (even if it does not mean advantage there).

My question: is there any existing project having these goals? I don't want
reinvent the wheel ...


- Gábor

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