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Re: Supported Hardware ?


On 25.10.2016 18:48, Lennart Sorensen wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 12:33:51PM -0400, Lennart Sorensen wrote:
>> Well, there is the Amiga X1000, which is a dual core, and runs about $3000
>> (ouch).
>> There is the Amiga X5000 that is probably coming at some point.
>> There is the talos workstation under development, with a power8 (so
>> actually pretty new stuff) which appears to be about $4000 (for the board,
>> CPU and RAM are extra), assuming they get it made.
>> https://www.crowdsupply.com/raptor-computing-systems/talos-secure-workstation
>> If they make these, they will be very impressive I think, but not cheap.
>> There are probably a few more options (freescale quad core reference
>> boards maybe?)
> There is a reference board for the T2080 for example which appears to
> be $1500, and has quad core T2080 with two threads per core.
> Now does it run debian yet, or is parts needed to be added to the kernel,
> I don't know.  I haven't used that one.  It also doesn't have graphics
> as far as I can tell, and does not appear to have enough PCIe to add a
> video card either.  I guess that's the problem with a lot of the
> embedded chips.
Thanks for the hints, but those machines use 64-bit processors or 32-bit processors with SPE. I would need a 32-bit PPC with FPU, preferably with multiple cores. The projects that I'm interested in are related to code generation so the hardware details are important to me. I wouldn't need graphics but I'd need networking and enough memory and disk space to do builds. For example, the machine would need to be capable of building something like GCC.

I can test on PPC 64-bit using the GCC compile farm which provides access to shared machines for free software developers. They have IBM POWER7 and POWER8 server class machines (i.e. 64-bit Big Endian and 64-bit Little Endian).

Kind regards,

Erik Brangs

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