[Openmcl-devel] PowerPC port
R. Matthew Emerson
rme at clozure.com
Fri Dec 9 15:55:07 PST 2011
We're planning on mothballing the PowerPC (ppc) port.
I don't imagine that many people use the ppc port now.
Fortunately, it has not required very much effort to keep
it going, and I think that having it around helps to keep
us honest: it's a non x86-target, and it's big-endian.
On the other hand, we now have an additional non-x86
architecture in the form of the ARM (although many,
perhaps most, ARM systems are little-endian nowadays).
Our ppc hardware is dying off, and trying to keep these
old systems on life support is ultimately a losing battle.
Buying used replacements is not really a solution: time
is just not on the side of these machines.
There is new hardware available: for example, IBM sells
new Power7-based systems for as low $6000, but paying that
to maintain a port that hardly anyone uses, just to "keep
us honest", doesn't make a lot of sense.
That said, however, we'd love to hear from you if you have
a commercial interest in keeping the ppc port alive. Please
get in touch.
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