Re: Questions

Dan Burcaw (
Wed, 26 May 1999 16:26:02 -0600 (MDT)

On Wed, 26 May 1999, Dan Melomedman wrote:

> Hi. Several questions: Is Yellowdog linux kernel and all other software
> optimized for G3?? What compiler is used to compile all the software,
> including the kernel, GCC? Is the kernel distribution separate from the
> usual Linux kernel distribution. What are the benchmarks of YDL's compared

YDL is currently not optimized for G3 specifically. we are considering
this in the future. We use the EGCS compiler which will soon be "GCC 3".

> let's say to Stampede's (Pentium-optimized distro 30% faster than RH 5.2
> on my AMD machine!) performance? What about software like Netscape that's
> available only as a binary, is there some sort of binary compatibility
> software available for it? How far is PPC Linux kernel usually behind the

The software would have to be built for PPC Linux.. we dont have any
compatibility software that would allow you to run Intel apps.

> regular kernel, and most importantly what are the FPU benchmarks compared
> to Pentium II's in YDL. The reason I am asking all these questions is
> because we are planning to build a cluster, we have plenty B/W G3's on
> site. The nodes must have good Floating Point performance in YDL (if we
> decide to use YDL). The nodes must be able to run MPI (Lam MPI, mpich, or

we are in the process of porting the MPI software (the free version) to
YDL. Please ask all questions in regards to YDL and clustering to

> some other like that). Fast ethernet performance has to be excellent (at
> least 8 Mbyte/s from a NIC-to-NIC. We have 333 MHz G3s. Right now we have
> an option to use Mac OS, but if YDL performs better, what the heck.
> Thank you very much!


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