Yokemate of Keyboards
Posts: 2028 from 2003/6/4
I was talking with bigfoot and he came back to developing it but he cannot promise any time frame. I'd say bigfoot will speak for himself in this topic soon.
I'm not sure there's really that much to say. When I took the bounty, I made an estimate for how much time it would take to complete the JIT implementation for PPC32. In fact, I finished that task a bit faster than I had originally estimated. What I didn't realise was just how broken Webkit was internally, and how much of a problem it would pose.
The problem is that the JIT engine internally expects a little endian memory layout. This is different from other endian problems in that the JIT engine itself isn't what isn't endian safe, it's the code that the JIT engine generates that isn't.
Now, the problem is that we're on a 32 bit CPU, so the integer part of the CPU, which is what is used for doing these tests, and for passing data around, can only load 32 bits at a time. The JIT engine then generates code that expects the upper 32 bits of the 64 bit floating point value to be located at address + 4
, this assumption is made in the JIT-generated code.
I am rather clueless on low level programming - but what about using the 128 Bit registers of Altivec/VMX. Would be an Altivec/VMX only JIT then, but there are only very few non Altivec/VMX machines with MorphOS support (IIRC Peg1+e few PegII and Efika).
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