Question from interview: As most of new processors are now multicore, later or sooner MorphOS must support them. Is it planned ? Is the support of multicore could result in incompatibilities or loss of speed for the system ?
Answer: "There's no way SMP could be supported in any sensible way while retaining ABox compatibility. Using additional cores/CPUs with some special interface would be possible, but from a developer point of view, this isn't very desireable."
Hyperion announced at AmiWest 2009 that SMP for AmigaOS4.x would be worked on in the future, but would not say when that work would be started, or if it has already been started, or when it will be finished.
If Hyperion and their developers can implement multiple cores on AmigaOS4.x, I am sure the MOSTeam can do the same (only better) some time in the future.
Another note of interest is that some G5 PowerMac's are single core and the last ones were all Dual Core, so maybe having MorphOS on a single core 2.7GHz G5 Power Mac some time in the future is not completely out of the question. (that was the last and fastest G5 model that was single core, but you could get it with either one 2.7GHz G5, or two) I think the fastest dual core G5 models were only 2.5GHz, unless someone besides Apple overclocked them.
Nice interview BigFoot, thanks for the information and keep up the great work on MorphOS.
MorphOS - The best Next Gen Amiga choice.