sun4v arch

Maxim Sobolev sobomax at
Mon Aug 25 21:35:18 UTC 2008

Maxim Sobolev wrote:
> Peter Jeremy wrote:
>> Is there a summary of the open issues somewhere?  There are no sun4v
>> PRs open. effectively hasn't
>> been touched since November 2006 and suggests that the only critical
>> issue is lack of serial port support.
> There is a better interpretation, which is that the only critical issue 
> is lack of real users for this port, not lack of serial port support :).

Just to clarify a bit - my point was not to suggest that port is 
irrelevant, or that the FreeBSD should not go there. In fact I believe 
on contrary from what I know sun4v is good as a testbed for the future 
of multi-processor architectures today - definitely we will see ever 
increasing number of cores in commodity Intel/AMD servers in few years 
from now. So that in that sense sun4v work is very important if the 
FreeBSD project wants to keep ahead of things, not catching-up later.

However, realistically immaturity of the port as well as scarcity of 
hardware limits number of users severely. Therefore, absence of PRs 
should not be surprising to anyone.


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