IA-64 related question (tangentially)

Robert G. Brown rgb at phy.duke.edu
Fri Apr 11 14:56:18 EDT 2003

On Fri, 11 Apr 2003, Greg Lindahl wrote:

> 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.

Good point; I had forgotten the compiler people.  Kernel people in
general as well.  I was thinking more in terms of application level
people.  Not to mention trying to weasel some free high end systems by
talking down the competition...;-)

  Alas, alas,
  It is not meant to be.  
  They in UK, 
  Me in NC.



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