Erlang on Intel Mac

Rudolph van Graan <>
Thu Jun 8 09:36:51 CEST 2006


Hey,

We've been using Erlang on OSX/intel for about two months. We haven't  
seen any Intel specific issues, apart from the fact that everything  
is roughly 3-4x faster than on the PPC's. Hipe also seem to work (at  
least from our limited perspective).

BR,

Rudolph van Graan

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On 07 Jun 2006, at 6:45 PM, Mikael Pettersson wrote:

> On Wed, 7 Jun 2006 11:03:15 -0500, Anders Nygren wrote:
>> I am considering buying a new computer and am becoming seduced
>> by the idea of getting a Mac.
>> The question is how well does erlang work on the new Intel based  
>> Macs?
>>
>> I saw some discussions back in January that said that Hipe does  
>> not support
>> Intel Macs, is that the only limitation?
>
> I'm assuming you're intending to use OSX on it.
>
> I can think of a few issues:
> - Fast floating-point support: needs reliable FP exceptions, but
>   the code for that is both OS and CPU specific. I wrote the code
>   for Linux/{x86,amd64,ppc} and OSX/ppc, but without a machine I
>   can't say how the code needs to change to handle OSX/x86.
> - HiPE: wants fast floating-point, but on x86 also needs working
>   sigaltstack() and ability to enforce SA_ONSTACK in sigaction()  
> calls.
>   This is highly dependent on details of the C library, but it does
>   work on Linux/x86 (at least RedHat/Fedora) and Solaris/x86 8/9.
>   OSX/x86 is a complete unknown here.
>
> The rest should work, including SMP.
>




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