[armedslack] SMP?

thingi thingi1 at gmail.com
Tue May 6 14:29:09 UTC 2008

On May 5, 2008, at 5:13 PM, Stuart Winter wrote:

> Hi
>> I'm just about to buy a 32gb compact flash card and ide adaptor for  
>> my
>> RiscPC so I can install armedslack and have a machine without a  
>> spinning
>> hdd :-)
> Hmmm.  I'll be interested to see if it works!  Off the top of
> my head, I'm not sure whether the RiscPC kernel would contain
> support for such a device -- although if it's just IDE, it
> most likely will work.  Still, if you're looking for a noise-free  
> machine,
> I hope you remembered the 2ft long PSU ;-)

hehe.... You should have heard the noise the 1Gb HDD used to make, it  
was even louder the the PSU!

>> What I'd really like to know is if anyone is using a RiscPC with dual
>> StrongArm's? Is the current ARMedslack kernel SMP aware? Will my  
>> RiscPC even
>> boot with two StrongArms in (not bought it yet but have easy access  
>> to one).
> The RiscPC doesn't support SMP -- the second slot is for
> an x86 card -- for which there is no Linux support.
> So unfortunately, it won't work -- I wish it would though, it'd be  
> cool :)

I been doing some research and the RiscPC is SMP capable! I remember  
that there was a 'hydra' card available that allowed an additional  
four StrongArm's but obviously they were pretty much wasted under  
RiscOS. After a little bit of googling I've found out that any ARM  
chip (including StrongArm's) could be plugged into a Hydra but there  
was some additional arbitration logic on the actual hydra card which  
means I can't just pug an additional StrongArm into my machine.......I  
wonder what that additional logic was?

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