#StackBounty: #computer-architecture #functional-programming How would a CPU designed purely for functional programming be different?

Bounty: 100

CPU’s are to an extent designed with in mind the software that people will write for it, implicitly or explicitly.

It seems to me that if you look at the design of instruction set architectures, they are very “imperative”, in the sense that each instruction encodes an imperative style command. It also seems to me that the current instruction set architectures have evolved partly based on the type of code programmers produce.

If one would design a CPU from scratch, knowing that it would only ever run programs written in a functional programming style, how would that CPU be designed differently from existing CPU’s?


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