Greetings, and thanks again for your feedback!
Adam C Powell IV <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Hello Camm,
> This is an important topic, and you've raised a lot of very interesting questions!
> Unfortunately, my last post exhausted my knowledge of the subject. I refer you to my
> source, which is Ben Collins' post to debian-mentors a week or so ago:
Thanks for the reference! I'll check it out.
> Camm Maguire wrote:
> > But fortunately, for
> > all cases you mention above except the k6,k7,p2,p3, code compiled on
> > one family (ev67, say) will run on ev4, though not optimally.
> I assumes this means there's no alpha asm involved? If there were, you'd get illegal
> instruction errors running some ev6+ code on ev5s, etc.
Then I stand corrected. Not knowing much about alpha, I assumed the
instruction set was compatible. Goto-'s code is merged in the latest
atlas developer trees, so it appears the _alpha_ev? have to be added
to our problem list. Do you know what minimum processor is required
to run Goto's code?
> > In the case we're discussing here, code compiled on p3 will not run on p2,k6,k7.
> > Argh.
> I guess this means there is some "Intel"-specific asm involved.
> In this case, has there been any mention of including some alpha asm in ATLAS?
> Kazushige Goto's work in this area runs substantially faster (on the order of 20-50%)
> than ccc-compiled ATLAS, and comes *extremely* close to the theoretical performance
> of the alpha. It's all free, and available at
> ftp://www.netstat.ne.jp/pub/Linux/Linux-Alpha-JP/BLAS/ .
Thanks for the reference, see above. Of course, one other solution
for now is simply to disable the improved code, compile a '386'
version for the distribution, and include a note for how the
interested user could build from source on his/her box. This would be
a pity, it seems, and has the additional complication that the same
source tree needs to be instructed to build a general version on the
auto-builders, and an optimal version for the user.
> -Adam P.
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