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This set of patches implements the core Linux support for the AArch64 (64-bit ARM) architecture.
lkml.indiana.edu ^ | Fri Jul 06 2012 - 17:16:41 EST | Catalin Marinas

Posted on 07/09/2012 10:52:57 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

This set of patches implements the core Linux support for the AArch64
(64-bit ARM) architecture.


ARM introduced AArch64 as part of the ARMv8 architecture and consists of
a substantially revised exception model (with 4 exception levels: EL0 -
user, EL1 - kernel, EL2 - hypervisor, EL3 - secure monitor), new A64
instruction set based on larger register file, new FP/SIMD instructions.
The new ABI is LP64 and takes advantage of the larger register file and
mandates FP.

AArch64 documentation currently available (publicly, though
click-through agreement required):

- Instruction Set Overview:
http://infocenter.arm.com/help/topic/com.arm.doc.genc010197a/index.html

- ABI (PCS, ELF, DWARF, C++):
http://infocenter.arm.com/help/topic/com.arm.doc.ihi0059a/index.html


The AArch64 Linux port follows the guidance for new architecture ports
using generic headers (including unistd.h) and as much generic code as
possible (some library functions may be later optimised, based on
benchmarking results).

There is no hardware platform available at this point. From a kernel
perspective, the aim is to minimise (or even completely remove) the
platform code from the architecture specific directory. FDT is currently
mandated and there are ongoing discussions for ACPI support.

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TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: arm54; arm64; hitech; linux
Note on DistroWatch today....leads to this...I'll a few things to the thread....agter this initial terse announcement.

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1 posted on 07/09/2012 10:53:07 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: ShadowAce
ARM announces 64-bit ARMv8 Platform

November 4, 2011 in ARM, News by DP

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ARM announced that they will release 64bit microcontrollers. The ARMv8 uC will feature a 64bit instruction set, as well as extended virtual addressing. The uCs will have two execution states, AArch32, and AArch64. While the AArch64 handles the 64bit instruction set, the AArch32 executes the existing ARM 32bit instruction set.

A compiler for the new 64bit instruction was already developed, and open source support is promised.

Via Adafruit. This entry was posted in ARM, News and tagged , , .

2 posted on 07/09/2012 10:58:42 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?)
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3 posted on 07/09/2012 11:07:58 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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4 posted on 07/09/2012 11:08:53 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: 21stCenturion

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5 posted on 07/09/2012 11:45:34 AM PDT by 21stCenturion ("It's the Judges, Stupid !")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
You techie types have no idea how stupid a guy like me feels feels when trying to figure out what all that means.....I'm the guy who still thinks using an Atari was as complicated as running an ICBM schematic. : )
6 posted on 07/09/2012 1:23:13 PM PDT by jmax (Ahhhh...life is so frigging good in the obama nation.)
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