Re: OFFTOPIC: (Re: 3.0 wishlist....)-->64bit

Adam McKee (
Thu, 22 Jan 1998 12:33:26 -0600 (CST)

What about gcc? I'm not totally informed in these matters, but from what
I've seen, there are many hoops a compiler must jump through to compile
for the IA-64, especially with decent optimizations.

IA-64 takes the attitude of "let's offload lots of work to the compiler,
and get rid of as much hairy logic on the chip as possible so we can
devote logic to actually doing work..." which I really like as you might

I'm sure IA-64 isn't nearly as full of original design ideas as Intel
would have us believe -- they say it's not RISC, for example, but it sure
looks like RISC.

Comments, corrections, flames?

-- Adam

On Thu, 22 Jan 1998, Thomas Pornin wrote:

> Thanks for using NetForward!
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> In article <> you write:
> >the thread about the wishlist is great, but I think that a big problem is
> >
> >I've heard that glibc is ready, but the kernel?
> The kernel and many libraries already run really well on Alpha and sparc64
> boxes, both being 64 bits architectures.
> So, yes, the kernel and the libraries are ready for the 64 bits. And the
> new Intel is no wonder, only Intel being a few years behind Digital and
> trying to fill the gap with hype.
> --Thomas Pornin