[fpc-devel] progress of freepascal for mips

Leonardo M. Ramé martinrame at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 4 23:56:06 CEST 2012

You are right, the machine (http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/power/hardware/560/specs.html) doesn't have a MIPS processor, but an IBM's Power6.

BTW, does anyone know which Linux distribution runs on that machine?, can FPC be compiled to run on it?.
Leonardo M. Ramé

> From: "microcode at zoho.com" <microcode at zoho.com>
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>Sent: Saturday, June 2, 2012 3:58 PM
>Subject: Re: [fpc-devel] progress of freepascal for mips
>On Sat, 2 Jun 2012 07:04:24 -0700 (PDT)
>Leonardo M. Ramé <martinrame at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> Hi, while this interesting discussion about fpc for Linux/MIPS is
>> evolving, we've received an IBM Mips server from a customer (I don't know
>> the model yet) to try to install an hypervisor. 
>Sorry if this has already been answered but I have tons of mail and haven't
>read them all yet.
>I am near certain IBM doesn't make any MIPS hardware at all and never has
>in their history. In the past they've made all sorts of odd things but at
>the moment all they make is Intel and POWER servers, as far as servers go.
>MIPS in IBM-speak is "millions of instructions per second" which is how
>they describe mainframe performance since they don't publish clock speeds.
>> We need to run at least Windows and Linux servers on it. Do you know if
>> Xen/VMWare or similar hypervisors run on this architecture?.
>AFAIK, as far as Windows, nothing but Windows CE (not XP, 7, Vista etc) runs
>on MIPS and I don't think Windows CE will run on server hardware. And all of
>the virtualization options available are Intel-only except for Oracle's
>SPARC VM, so no, you don't have any virtualization options except for
>perhaps QEMU, but so does everyone who has an Intel box, so there isn't
>anything to offer via virtualization.
>> If I can install an hypervisor, I could create one virtual machine to let
>> the FPC team test the MIPS version on this machine, it can be online 24/7.
>Virtualization is thin to none on anything but Intel hardware. But there is
>QEMU and it provides support for various architectures including MIPS. If
>you install Linux on your MIPS server (if it really is a MIPS server, which
>I don't think it is, or if it is, it isn't IBM) you can use QEMU like Fuxin
>Zhang wrote he was using, but then so can everyone else who has an Intel box
>(everybody) so I don't think it's going to be very helpful.
>And the guy working on fpc on MIPS, Fuxin, is working for a MIPS
>manufacturer so I would guess he has all the hardware he needs ;-)
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