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Ivan Godard
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– 13) Economy cores
The mill has economy cores in the form of economy members. What it doesn’t have is different members that execute the same binaries, but it does have different members that execute the same genAsm. This restricts the ability of the kernel to migrate a running app across different members: the code must reach a point at which program semantics remains the same but program representation can change, and then signal that it is ready to be moved to a different core with a different binary. We’re pretty sure we know how to do this, but the kernel work isn’t far enough along to be sure.

Of course, different functionality could be run dedicated on different members. Legacy chips do that now – inside your x86 chip are several completely incompatible administrative cores that run at startup. Likewise the CPU and GPU on combined chips don’t support migration. That works for Mill too