[Haskell-cafe] Re: GHC ARM Hackathon (Re: Haskell on ARM )

Jeremy Shaw jeremy at n-heptane.com
Wed Jul 2 15:03:22 EDT 2008

At Wed, 2 Jul 2008 11:16:18 -0700,
Greg Fitzgerald wrote:

> Would anybody be interested in a "GHC on ARM Hackathon" in San Diego this
> year?

Definitely. (Conveniently, I live in La Jolla).

> When is 6.10 estimated to come out?  Do we really need to wait for it?

According to this Release plan, the plan to release 6.10 around ICFP2008. 


We wouldn't need a final release to get started, just something where
the back-end changes are in place and working. One important item from
the release plan is:

 * GHC now uses libffi to implement parts of the FFI, replacing some
   of the home-grown and very architecture-specific code we had to do
   this. Amongst other benefits, this will ease the task of porting
   GHC in the future.

And possibly:

 * Substantial changes to the back end are likely, now that John Dias
   is here as an intern. John Dias, Simon PJ, Norman Ramsey

It sounds like the changes to libffi might already be in 6.9. So,
maybe we can start now ?


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