IA-64 related question (tangentially)

Greg Lindahl lindahl at keyresearch.com
Fri Apr 11 14:00:34 EDT 2003

On Fri, Apr 11, 2003 at 10:27:31AM -0400, Robert G. Brown wrote:

> FSF or Debian don't need Itaniums, really, except for maybe one or two
> to ensure that builds work on the architecture.  They don't "compute".

Joking aside, every compiler group needs a cluster, because their
nightly testing is:

build kernel, test kernel
build compiler, test compiler
build all rpms in your distro
build and run SPECcpu
build and run misc tests
run a search over combinations of optimization flags to see if
  any are broken or have performance regressions

And that's not even considering parallelizing builds.

-- greg

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