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Linux kernel release 2.4.xx for the IA-64 Platform These are the release notes for Linux version 2.4 for IA-64 platform. This document provides information specific to IA-64 ONLY, to get additional information about the Linux kernel also read the original Linux README provided with the kernel. INSTALLING the kernel: - IA-64 kernel installation is the same as the other platforms, see original README for details. SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS Compiling and running this kernel requires an IA-64 compliant GCC compiler. And various software packages also compiled with an IA-64 compliant GCC compiler. CONFIGURING the kernel: Configuration is the same, see original README for details. COMPILING the kernel: - Compiling this kernel doesn't differ from other platform so read the original README for details BUT make sure you have an IA-64 compliant GCC compiler. IA-64 SPECIFICS - General issues: o Hardly any performance tuning has been done. Obvious targets include the library routines (IP checksum, etc.). Less obvious targets include making sure we don't flush the TLB needlessly, etc. o SMP locks cleanup/optimization o IA32 support. Currently experimental. It mostly works.