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Debian ARM accelerates via EABI port

Embedded system specialist Applied Data Systems (ADS) has contributed an experimental new root filesystem for the ARM architecture to the Debian project.


ARM announced its EABI nearly four years ago, with the release of version 2.0 of its RealView compiler collection. Described as a “cross-platform standard developed by ARM, in collaboration with major OS and tools vendors,” the EABI provides a standard way for programs and libraries to interact with processor hardware — including ARM's VFP (vector floating point) coprocessor and Cirrus's Maverick Crunch floating point unit (FPU).

Current Debian GNU/Linux releases for ARM use floating point instructions that are emulated in software, which carries a performance penalty, notes ADS.

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