[GSoC] the AMD64 port

Joerg Sonnenberger joerg at britannica.bec.de
Tue Mar 18 17:40:16 PDT 2008

On Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 10:36:32PM +0200, Jordan Gordeev wrote:
>  1. Does porting require messing with the source code of gcc/binutils/gdb?

Not much, if at all.

>  2. Do I need to have an AMD64 machine with more than 4 GB RAM to be able 
> to fully test my work?


>  3. Would I be required to get 32-bit binaries working on 64-bit kernels or 
> would being able to run 64-bit binaries suffice?

The latter.

>  4. Is SMP part of the equation?

SMP is almost a non-issue. The only code that is not shared with i386 in
this area is the assembly bootstrap for the second CPU, the rest is


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