the future of sun4v

Marcel Moolenaar xcllnt at
Fri Aug 22 18:00:13 UTC 2008

On Aug 22, 2008, at 4:33 AM, Peter Jeremy wrote:

> [Replies re-directed to freebsd-sun4v]
> On 2008-Aug-21 14:42:55 -0700, Kip Macy <kmacy at> wrote:
>> I believe that there is a general expectation by freebsd users and
>> developers that unsupported code should not be in CVS. Although sun4v
>> is a very interesting platform for developers doing SMP work, I  
>> simply
>> do not have the time or energy to maintain it. If someone else would
>> like to step up and try his hand I would be supportive of his  
>> efforts.
>> In the likely event that no one steps forward by the time that 7.1 is
>> released I will ask that it be moved to the Attic.
> Since there are no other current SPARC CPUs that FreeBSD can run on
> (the US-II has been obsolete for about 6 years and FreeBSD won't run
> on any more recent sun4u chips), that will also remove the
> justification for maintaining a SPARC64 port.

Marius has been doing some great work towards US-III support.
I have FreeBSD/sparc64 running on Netra SMP with US-III CPUs.

While the code is not in SVN, It's in Perforce and from what
I can see, it's in a very good shape.


Marcel Moolenaar
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