Re: Pentium Optimized
Debian mail acct wrote:
> I think that'd be the way to go, but leave it at that: instead of recompiling
> all of Debian whole-hog for 586/686, strategically pick the small subset of
> packages for which it'd matter most: kernel, Xservers, apache/*ftpd, egcs etc.
> Could be done for other procs too (usparc, alpha 22164(?), K7?).
Alpha could definitely use this since the newer processors have byte
load and store instructions that the older processors didn't have.
Needless to say, these instructions can have a HUGE impact on
performance for several packages. The problem, however, is that we
would need at least three "layers": EV4, EV5, and EV6. I could add more
to those, but those are the basic three where the most advances were
Plus, there are some precompiled binaries coming out now for Alphas that
are EV5-specific (they do run on older, but may have problems since the
newer instructions aren't supported on them).