Code Morphing Software

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Code Morphing Software (CMS) is the technology used by Transmeta microprocessors to execute x86 instructions.[1] In broad view, CMS reads x86 instructions and generates instructions for a proprietary VLIW processor, in the style of Shade.[2] CMS translation is much more expensive than Shade's, but produces much higher quality code. CMS also contains an interpreter and simulates both user-mode and system mode operation.

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  1. ^ The Transmeta Code Morphing Software: Using Speculation, Recovery, and Adaptive Retranslation to Address Real-Life Challenges - Appeared in the Proceedings of the First Annual IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Code Generation and Optimization, 27–29 March 2003, San Francisco, California
  2. ^ Shade