Sparc64 doesn't care about you, and you shouldn't care about Sparc64

Joe Nosay superbisquit at
Mon Nov 16 19:14:46 UTC 2015

Will there be a project using Z-RAM and other technologies as such?
SPARC64 processors should be capable of holding a database for fourth,
fifth, and sixth dimensional graphs based on time. (Fourth is the single
point in time, fifth is the path of least resistance, sixth would be
variations known as experiential. NASA already released a virtual program
"4S" for this.
Performance of RISC over CISC has always been for the former. SPARC64 is
practical in audio applications which call for access to such a database.
Each architecture has a specific purpose. Think about it.
ARM32/64 non-mmu temporary memory, sampling, data input.
POWER32/64- cache for instructions and not trash, AI, repetitive
instructions, graphics, audio.
SPARC32/64 - scalability, complex databases
AMD64/i386 complex compression, algorithms.

Performance on each differs with kernel hertz, OS choice, etc.

You use them together such as parts of a biological brain.
Seeing that memory is now becoming three dimensional in form, we probably
should be looking towards working these together.

NFS and 9p - if still around - would create two types of accessible
bootstrapping methods - applications/binaries and data.

On Sun, Nov 15, 2015 at 8:17 PM, Nathan Whitehorn <nwhitehorn at>

> On 11/08/15 12:46, Justin Hibbits wrote:
>> On 11/8/15, Marius Strobl <marius at> wrote:
>> <snip>
>>> As for getting forward, the FreeBSD Software License Policy
>>> (
>>> specifically allows for existing GPLv2 licensed software in
>>> the FreeBSD source tree to be updated to GPLv3 licensed one.
>>> The initial, longer draft of this policy posted by brooks@ to
>>> developers@ even explicitly mentioned key technologies such
>>> as toolchains of other licenses being allowed when no mature
>>> BSD-licensed alternative exists. So I propose just that:
>>> Let's upgrade binutils and GCC in base to recent versions.
>>> Seriously. That way we 1) don't need to get external toolchain
>>> support into shape, 2) don't need to solve the chicken-and-egg
>>> problem of getting a toolchain onto a machine installed from
>>> a distribution built with an external toolchain and 3) once
>>> clang becomes mature on additional architectures, we have an
>>> upgrade path. Don't get me wrong, I'm only proposing that
>>> for !arm and !x86.
>>> As a side note: A while back I talked to grehan@ and marcel@
>>> regarding the immaturities of clang and - as expected -, a
>>> GPL'ed toolchain just is no problem for either NetApp or
>>> Juniper as the binaries they ship don't include the toolchain
>>> itself. With the possible exception of the current incarnation
>>> of SCO which apparently sells a FreeBSD-based OS likely having
>>> a system compiler, for the same reason I can't think of why a
>>> GPLv3 licensed toolchain would matter for any of the commercial
>>> downstream consumers of FreeBSD. Thus, I really can't understand
>>> all that aggression regarding making FreeBSD 11 clang-only.
>>> <snip>
>> I 100% agree with you on this.  If we can update binutils to the
>> latest and greatest, I believe powerpc64 would be able to work with
>> clang.  I've backported several patches, with IBM's permission, to
>> binutils for handling new relocations, etc.  However, not all patches
>> are straight forward, and currently we're missing something, which is
>> causing odd segfaults in ld(1), when linking as(1).  No other binary,
>> only as(1).  I've tried looking through it, but the binutils code is a
>> mess.  I'm sure the bug that's getting hit was fixed with newer
>> binutils, but have had a very hard time trying to test with it.
>> TL;DR, let's update binutils at the very least, and gcc if it makes
>> sense.  We shouldn't be relying on external toolchain for some archs,
>> and internal for others.  It completely snubs already second class
>> citizens.  Just look at the various build failures we've had because
>> to some people All The World is clang/x86.
> This would be super valuable. It would restore the upgrade path to clang
> broken at 3.5, allow us to use modern ABIs, everything. Is this something
> that is actually politically/legal doable?
> -Nathan
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