Subject: Re: Compaq announcement at Linux World (fwd)
To: Jordan K. Hubbard <>
From: Matthew Jacob <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 03/05/1999 05:37:49
NetBSD has made some efforts toward SMP- but having all *BSD parties
involved in this will be a good thing.  If Compaq is interested in helping
the *BSD's, that would be a very nice also.

Right now, NASA/Ames has two dual processor 8200s. They can run a second
processor, but it isn't that shaken out yet. I know that Jason and Bill
Studenmund are working on fixing the zs driver to be more MI/MD so that
the zs off the GBus on the 8200 can be a real device so that the drop
back into the PROM for console service can be eliminated (along with the
real problems this runs into with the PROM code and various mmu mappings).

On Fri, 5 Mar 1999, Jordan K. Hubbard wrote:

> FWIW, I talked with Compaq a fair bit at LinuxWorld and will probably
> be making similar arrangements for FreeBSD if they're as enthusiastic
> as they actually sounded.  They're particularly interested in Alpha
> SMP, which none of the *BSDs (AFAIK) have really tackled yet. When I
> think of the 4 processor Alphaserver that got stuck in customs on its
> way to Peter and never made it to its final destination, I sigh in
> depression, but anyway, perhaps it's our chance to make up for that
> previous lost opportunity.
> - Jordan