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authorLinus Torvalds <torvalds@ppc970.osdl.org>2005-04-16 22:20:36 (GMT)
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@ppc970.osdl.org>2005-04-16 22:20:36 (GMT)
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Initial git repository build. I'm not bothering with the full history, even though we have it. We can create a separate "historical" git archive of that later if we want to, and in the meantime it's about 3.2GB when imported into git - space that would just make the early git days unnecessarily complicated, when we don't have a lot of good infrastructure for it. Let it rip!
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+The SGI Visual Workstations (models 320 and 540) are based around
+the Cobalt, Lithium, and Arsenic ASICs. The Cobalt ASIC is the
+main system ASIC which interfaces the 1-4 IA32 cpus, the memory
+system, and the I/O system in the Lithium ASIC. The Cobalt ASIC
+also contains the 3D gfx rendering engine which renders to main
+system memory -- part of which is used as the frame buffer which
+is DMA'ed to a video connector using the Arsenic ASIC. A PIIX4
+chip and NS87307 are used to provide legacy device support (IDE,
+serial, floppy, and parallel).
+The Visual Workstation chipset largely conforms to the PC architecture
+with some notable exceptions such as interrupt handling.

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