I love languages. Right now I am quite interested in Perl 6 (I just read Simon Cozen's blog), for a couple of years I've been tracking Fortress , a Sun Microsystem's a research project. Now: Fortress needs a really good backend VM. They may have to develop it themselves, they may do that by hacking a Java VM, or they can adopt some other VM. I wonder: How hard would it be to a) strap Parrot (Perl 6's backend) to Fortress (probably not that hard, as these things go) and b) make Parrot run with really high runtime efficiency, the kind needed in the high performance applications Forress is intended to be used in?
I would really, really like to know the answer to b.