On Fri, Dec 15, 2000 at 09:24:22AM +0100, Kevin D. Kissell wrote:
> In the absence of the SGI people being directed to do a
> clean job, I suppose the problem falls to those who have
> an interest in a clean and portable 64-bit MIPS kernel.
> That would include MIPS, of course. But what about the
> rest of you - could we see a show of virtual hands? I
> know that TI has both 4K and 5K licenses, and may
> want to be able to exploit the 64-bit capability of the 5K
> under Linux. And the guys doing the Vr41xx ports may
> also be interested. Anyone else? Those of you with
> R4K-based DECstations, perhaps? Software shops
> looking to support high-end embedded MIPS in set-tops?
> Another aspect of this is that, in the newer MIPS
> designs that conform to the MIPS64 architecture spec,
> it is finally possible to cleanly seperate the use of
> 64-bit data types from the use of 64-bit virtual addresses.
> The processors in the SGI platforms do not have this
> capability, and it would be a lot to ask of the people
> doing 64-bit Linux for Origin etc. to treat the addressing
> and data aspects orthogonally. I haven't checked the
> code, but I would imagine that we will have to go in
> and redo things from that perspective as well.
That's one of the plans I have; even in the absense of these new MIPS64
features separation of these new features makes sense. One of the plans
on my agenda is for example the introduction of 2-level pagetables for
mips64 which will eleminate much of the extra price the 64-bit kernel
currently has to pay.