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Re: Who wants to build a mips64 and/or mips64el n32 port?

On Wed, Feb 01, 2012 at 03:56:33PM -0800, David Daney wrote:
> Hi,
> We (Cavium, Inc.) are interested in working with one or more people
> to create a MIPS 64 port of Debian.  As part of the effort, we can
> make available one or more fairly high end machines.  These would be
> cn5650 (12 CPU SMP) based, or similar, with 4GB of RAM and a large
> SATA disk.
> See: http://cavium.com/OCTEON-Plus_CN56XX.html
> These are running unmodified Linux 3.2 kernels with mips/Squeeze
> installed and at first would be big-endian only.

Another point I forgot about these machines. Debian already uses 3 of
this kind of machine (the 16 core version) and provides a kernel for them
in Wheezy, though unfortunately 2 of them are unstable and reboot under 
medium load. They are great and fast to build most of the packages, but
for some of them which requires FPU (for example Java programs and 
compilers), the FPU emulation is very slow and causes timeout. It means
such a port should also have at least one build daemon with an FPU to 
build this set of packages.

Aurelien Jarno	                        GPG: 1024D/F1BCDB73
aurelien@aurel32.net                 http://www.aurel32.net

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