William Fisher wrote:
> > On Mon, Dec 06, 1999 at 10:58:10AM +0100, Kevin D. Kissell wrote:
> > > I'm working on cleaning up and enhancing the
> > > MIPS/Linux code to support the new families
> > > of CPUs coming out of MIPS Technologies Inc.
> > > In doing so, I've come across and fixed a number
> > > of bugs, most of which I've also passed back to
> > > Ralf Baechle for integration with the moving
> > > target at linux.sgi.com. But I came across
> > > something this morning that, while not a problem
> > > for us, puzzles me. In arch/mips/mm/r6000.c,
> > > which has your name on it, there is a compiler
> > > directive to use MIPS III instructions, and the
> > > resulting code does indeed end up containing
> > > 64-bit (daddiu, etc.) instructions. I've never
> > > actually programmed an R6000, but all of the
> > > information I have on that processor indicates
> > > that it is a MIPS II, 32-bit design, and that those
> > > instructions should therefore cause exceptions.
> > >
> > > Am I mistaken, or is that directive a bug?
> > It obviously is. The R6000 code isn't supposed to work and given that
> > currently none of the Linux/MIPS hackers has a) R6000 documentation and
> > b) an R6000 machine an R6000 port ever happening is highly unprobable.
> > As the result of this I think I'm going to just burry the R6000 support
> > and while I'm at it also the R8000.
> > Ralf
> Since the R6000 was an ECL machine produced in late 1992, just
> before the MIPS/SGI merger. There were only a few machines sold
> and the machine was designed to be a Fortran FP specialist.
> Hence the R6000 is long since dead. We still have the MIPS risc/os
> operating system source code, so if anybody has lots of free cycles
> to waste, I'm sure we can send them locore.
Don't forget CDC used the R6000 and ramped it to 90MHz. They also got
it going in an SMP configuration with 4 processors from what I can
remember. I guess it is possible that someone could actually want to
burn some cycles on this, although they had better have a cheap source
of power and good airconditioning :-)
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