Subject: Re: IA64?
To: Wojciech Puchar <>
From: Jason R Thorpe <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 12/31/2002 07:48:40
On Tue, Dec 31, 2002 at 08:45:18AM +0100, Wojciech Puchar wrote:

 > the question is: is itanium processor overadvertised and is it jsut piece
 > of crap, or linux for IA64 is piece of crap?

More like: Itanium (I) was slow junk (Itanium II is supposed to address
many of the performance problems).  But IA64 requires a lot of help from
the compiler to achieve any performance at all, and GCC is simply not up
to the task yet.  Therefore, any code compiled by GCC for IA64 is going
to be quite slow.

 > if second - will there be NetBSD/itanium sometime?

There will be NetBSD/ia64 at some point; a couple of NetBSD developers
have systems.  But the IA64 seems almost irrelevant at this stage, and
those developers are currently working on things that a lot more people
care about.

        -- Jason R. Thorpe <>