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Feustel, Edward A. ; Department of Electrical Engineering, Rice University, Houston, Tex. 77001.

This paper proposes that all data elements in a computer memory be made to be self-identifying by means of a tag. The paper shows that the advantages of the change from the traditional von Neumann machine to tagged architecture are seen in all software areas including programming systems, operating systems, debugging systems, and systems of software instrumentation. It discusses the advantages that accrue to the hardware designer in the implementation and gives examples for large- and small-scale systems. The economic costs of such an implementation for a minicomputer system are examined. The paper concludes that such a machine architecture may well be a suitable replacement for the traditional von Neumann architecture.

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Computers, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:C-22 ,  Issue: 7 )