Subject: Re: NetBSD/pica -> NetBSD/arc status?
To: Toru Nishimura <email@example.com>
From: David Brownlee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 05/11/1999 01:19:26
I can put the below up in a NetBSD/arc homepage on www.netbsd.org
and direct any pica references to it. Would everyone be OK with
Hmm - would anyone have any information on the pica port's
history? (Just so it can be made available also)
Then let us live and love so that people will say;
"The devil as well as god... is an englishman."
On Tue, 11 May 1999, Toru Nishimura wrote:
> I also had a plan to have NetBSD/arc WWW pages for public. I think
> it'd be nice for people concerned with the progress.
> Here is the project background which I happen to know of.
> Noriyuki Soda (email@example.com) started OpenBSD/arc porting to NEC
> M402 as a cerntain contract job. He and his colleague completed the
> project successfully with the complete set of X11R6 server and
> clients for it.
> During the project he realized repeatedly it's necessary to have
> NetBSD/arc reflecting improvements accumlated by NetBSD project over
> years. Since then, he made substantial efforts to make NetBSD/arc a
> Current progress
> NetBSD/arc kernel now can boot itself but dies soon. Noriyuki Soda
> found there is a substantial issue inside NetBSD/mips pmap.c. In
> short, NetBSD/mips can not handle well any hardwares with no L2 cache
> memory. The symptom which he's experiencing was also observed in
> another MIPS port (NetBSD for NEC Vr4100 based Windows CEs). He's now
> making the correct solution to improve pmap.c for L2-less hardwares.
> Contact person
> Noriyuki Soda (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Tohru Nishimura
> (email@example.com). Both are willing to have ARC compliant
> hardwares donated to make the progress faster.
> Future direction
> NetBSD/arc will be the first 'mips64' port to utilize R4000
> processor's potential. ARC descentders have modern hardware
> machinaries like PCI. There is the grewing number of MIPS processor
> Windows CE handhelds/palmtops with PC card, IrDA and LCD. They also
> are candinates for NetBSD ports.
> Tohru Nishimura
> Nara Instituet