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The guiding force and main developer of SICStus is Mats Carlsson. Many other people have been part of the development team and have made significant contributions. In 1993, SICStus Prolog was probably the most popular high performance Prolog system running on workstations. SICStus is cheap, robust, fast, and highly compatible with the “Edinburgh standard”. It has been ported to many machines. It has flexible coroutining, rational tree unification, indefinite precision integer arithmetic, and a boolean constraint solver.

It was the first WAM-based system: – To do native code compilation. – To do heap garbage collection. 0 in 1985. Research Report No. 36 December 1993 40 Peter Van Roy – To do symbol table garbage collection. This is important if the system is interfaced to an external database. – To support mode declarations and do multiple-argument indexing, instead of indexing only on the first argument. – To provide modules. 1). It was the first system to provide a source-level graphical debugger, an external database interface, and separate compilation.

Quintus, NU-Prolog, and XSB provide some support for multiple-argument indexing, and IF/Prolog, SNI-Prolog, and SICStus do not implement it. IBM Prolog, SEPIA, ECLiPSe, and Aquarius index on some other conditions than unification, for example on arithmetic comparisons and type tests. Quintus, BIM, SEPIA, ECLiPSe, XSB, SB-Prolog, but not SICStus, compile conditionals (if-then-else) deterministically in the special case where the condition is an arithmetic comparison or a type test. The most interesting problems of system building are related to input size.

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