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Portable.NET is an implementation of the Common Language Infrastructure (CLI). Its primary design goal is portability to as many platforms as possible, which it achieves through the use of interpretation rather than just-in-time compilation. The bytecode format of the CLI presents some challenges to efficient interpreter implementation. Rather than directly interpret, we translate the bytecode into a simpler abstract machine, the Converted Virtual Machine (CVM). This machine is then interpreted using a high-performance engine. Traditionally, abstract machines have used the same bytecode representation "on the wire" as for execution. Our work shows that there are definite performance advantages to using different bytecode representations internally and externally. Introduction The Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) is a set of specifications that describe a byteco... (more)