RFC: Primary architecture promotion requirements

Kevin Kofler kevin.kofler at chello.at
Tue Mar 20 18:36:22 UTC 2012

Jon Ciesla wrote:

> On Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 1:02 PM, Kevin Kofler <kevin.kofler at chello.at>
> wrote:
>> Jon Ciesla wrote:
>>> Only if you assume that high clock speed workloads are the only
>>> important workloads.  For highly parallellizable tasks, an ARM system
>>> with tons of slower cores is a powerhouse.  Think a db server serving
>>> huge numbers of queries.
>> Unfortunately, our builds are not that parallelizable, which is a major
>> practical problem with ARM as a primary architecture.
> I was referring to use cases, not builds.

As I wrote below:

>> As for supporting the use case for our users, I don't see why we cannot
>> support those specialized tasks with a secondary architecture.

those use cases can be supported just fine by a secondary architecture.

        Kevin Kofler

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