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Re: PostgreSQL on IA-64?

From: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: "Tran, Jantz C" <jantz(dot)c(dot)tran(at)intel(dot)com>
Cc: "'pgsql-ports(at)postgresql(dot)org'" <pgsql-ports(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: PostgreSQL on IA-64?
Date: 2000-07-05 17:08:19
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Someone just posted a patch today to the patches/bugs list, and I
applied most of it.  See the archives.

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> Thomas,
> I take it then that the answer to my original question is no =). I spoke to
> a RedHat representative last week about the same issue since they are
> currently porting their Linux distribution to IA-64 and I believe PostgreSQL
> is at least part of their x86 distribution. He said, however, that they
> haven't ported PostgreSQL yet because of the assembler code you mentioned. I
> suppose if an IA-64 port was being done or will be done (by RedHat, etc.)
> that the people here will be the first to know (is that a correct
> assumption?). I just wanted to make sure there was no duplication of effort
> assuming I were to arrange something ;). 
> That being said, if I were interested in getting an IA-64 port started,
> where would I begin? Hardware contributions might be a possibility (although
> I know you were jesting =), as we typically ship Itanium SDVs to ISVs doing
> such porting work. Due to the decentralized nature of this project, however,
> I imagine it might be difficult to accomplish this because of the legal
> hoops you have to jump through to get a machine (i.e. is there an
> organization? where would it go? who would be responsible for it?). Another
> (much better, I think) alternative would be to make an Itanium system
> available on the network and the porting work could be done remotely. I
> remember Intel announcing such an initiative a few months back for
> opensource development on IA-64, but I don't know if that program is active
> yet (I'd have to check). If not, I could make one of the Itanium systems in
> our lab here available on the network. We even have betas of RedHat Linux
> running on them already (development tools and all). 
> Which comes to the last question of developer resources =). Would there be
> any developers available for doing such porting work? Since there is already
> an Alpha port it shouldn't be that difficult. The biggest problem may be
> with porting the assembly code and also getting it to work on what is
> essentially beta-level OS/tools/hardware. 
> Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
> Jantz
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Thomas Lockhart [mailto:lockhart(at)alumni(dot)caltech(dot)edu]
> Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2000 8:45 AM
> To: Tran, Jantz C
> Cc: 'pgsql-ports(at)postgresql(dot)org'
> Subject: Re: [PORTS] PostgreSQL on IA-64?
> > Does anyone know if there is currently any effort to port PostgreSQL to
> > IA-64? If so, does anyone have the contact information of the person doing
> > this port? Thanks.
> Please send hardware ;)
> We have just gotten Postgres to be completely happy on Alpha boxes
> without requiring patching. For a new platform, there is only a little
> bit of assembler code to help with locks. Perhaps you might want to
> arrange to contribute something for IA-64?
>                          - Thomas

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