<mark_weaver>civodul: I met with djbclark today. He very generously lent me his YeeLoong 8133, which contains the newer and much faster Loongson 3A processor. (apparently it's about 3-4 times as fast).
<mark_weaver>apparently the 72-core MIPS box is a bit of a strange snowflake.
<mark_weaver>he seems to be under the impression that it's more meant for MPI stuff.
<mark_weaver>it might be better to just get a YeeLoong 8133 for use as a hydra build machine.
<mark_weaver>but first I have to figure out whether it's possible to run the thing at all without the non-free video blob.
<mark_weaver>He's also open to further investigation of the 72-core MIPS box, but apparently that will be a bit of a project.
<civodul>wouldn't a Fuloong be better as a build box?
<civodul>(YeeLoong is laptop and Fuloong is box, right?)
<mark_weaver>yes, that's right. Well, djbclark certainly has at least one Fuloong that he's willing to donate, but it's no faster than the YeeLoong I'm working on now. So that means around 22 hours to build gcc.
<mark_weaver>If there was a 3A-based Fuloong, that might be a good choice. I'm not sure off hand if such a thing is easily available outside of China.
<mark_weaver>I've seen a picture of a Loongson-based rack-mount server, but I've not seen such a thing easily available outside of China.