Squeak On BugLab Platform?
tim at rowledge.org
Mon Nov 5 20:43:54 UTC 2007
On 5-Nov-07, at 12:26 PM, Laurence Rozier wrote:
> ... Bugbase seems like a nice platform for Squeak - does anybody
> know what kind of performance to expect from 128M RAM on a
> ARM1136JF-S-based microprocessor?
Well, depends a *lot* on the cpu speed (ought to be around 800MHz
really, that's what I think the iPhone does) and I haven't been able
to find anything that tells me.
The nice thing about the 1136JF-S is that it has a *hardware* vector
float coprocessor, so one of the annoying performance issues that has
affected ARMs for years is gone. It doesn't have a very big cache
though, but apparently it is intended that you can control some or all
of the cache to hold important data or code instead of relying on a
cache controller. That means you might be able to keep a lot of
important data available at almost register access speeds; very useful.
It ought to be somewhat faster than my old 600MHz PXA80321 which
managed Squeak at respectable rate but really didn't cope with
Morphic too well, partly because of the complicated way I had to
mangle pixels on the way to the screen.
My guess is that it ought to do quite nicely for a tiny machine,
especially with a direct framebuffer display setup.
tim Rowledge; tim at rowledge.org; http://www.rowledge.org/tim
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