I am aware of this question, and I think I know why it has been closed. I hope that my question manages to be more specific.
My skill level: I have a "Computer Science" degree. I have programmed in many languages. Back in the day I programmed in C on an embedded microcontroller (TI MSP430), and in Python and Prolog. I have absolutely no experience in programming in assembly language, although I think I understand the concept. I had to embed assembly for my microcontroller work, but this was on the level of initializing some of the attached hardware; nothing that even involved implementing an algorithm.
I am aware of the fact that Knuth's "The Art of Computer Programming" shows all algorithms in assembly. Going through this book is a huge investment and I'd do it if someone recommends it.
I realize this question is very general, but since I have absolutely no prior experience, I find it really difficult to put it into any context.
I have to implement a simulator for a project that is part of my thesis work. I tried doing it in two different high-level languages: Python and Prolog. I could not model the "things" I am simulating (autonomous, very simple units without any complex logic, but too many of them) without incurring too much overhead. I even considered using Erlang and Erlang processes, but the messaging between them is definitely a bad way to model how the things interact with each other.
I did consider using C or C++. The simulation involves changing the behaviour of the things I am modeling, and doing this in C or C++ would mean actually implementing a "virtual" machine (the simulator) that allows me to do this. It seems that assembler will make it slightly easier. I have to admit that the architecture I have written (very limited) assembly on had a flat address space, which is why I thought that would be an option.
It feels as if Assembly language might be the way forward. However, I am at a loss at:
- which assembly language to pick
- how to chose an architecture
Things I considered:
- GNU Assembler
- Knuth's MMIX
- Can I actually use any of the two for a (more or less) efficient implementation on an already existing architecture?
- Does this sound like a completely misguided attempt?