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Fedora 9 Cell processor packages

I’m building a toolchain for the Cell processor. This is the processor
found in the PS3 and IBM blade servers. Others have built the toolchain
before notably IBM, the Barcelona Supercomputing group and YellowDog
Linux. However, these sets of packages do not move at the speed that
Fedora does. They are currently GCC 4.1 based whereas Fedora 9 includes
GCC 4.3. Furthermore, the other implementations of a Cell toolchain do
not include the Fedora patches to GCC and binutils. Thus my packages are
closer to the Fedora packages than the IBM ones. This makes maintenance
and debugging easier from the system integrators point of view (i.e. my
point of view).

This toolchain is also part of my evil plan to replace Mesa on the Cell
architecture with Gallium3d. Gallium3d is an implementation of OpenGL
(amongst other things) using the Cell SPUs. This will allow developers
to develop OpenGL applications on PS3 Linux.

In order to do this I need to build the following packages

      * binutils for the SPU
      * gcc for the SPU,
      * libspe2 in order to control the SPUs
      * newlib for the SPU, and
      * gallium3d using the toolchain developed in the previous

My libspe2 package is based on the IBM package but recompiled for Fedora
9, the binutils package is based on the binutils in Fedora 9. Both of
these packages are complete. I’m currently arguing with GCC. Then I’ll
tackle newlib (a much easier issue) and then Gallium3d.

I want to get these packages into F10.  I believe that posting them to
this list is the first step as mentioned on
If this is not the correct protocol, could you kindly point me in the
right direction.

Aidan Delaney

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