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Knuckx
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TightVNC for Windows on Itanium/ia64

Unread postby Knuckx » Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:22 am

I have built TightVNC 2.6.4 for ia64 Windows. This is useful as the x86 builds of TightVNC have to run in the x86 emulation layer, so are slow, use lots of CPU time, and sometimes decide to stop sending screen updates until you disconnect and reconnect.

2.6.4 was used as the 2.7 series requires Windows SDK v8.0, which has no Itanium compilers. This build was done on my HP Integrity rx2620 Deskside, using Windows SDK v7.0; and was tested on the same system (both viewer - viewing a remote x64 server, and server in service-mode - serving an x64 viewer). The configuration used was Release, and the platform was Itanium.

Only zipped binaries & source are provided, no setup tool, although manual installation is simple. No mirror driver is available.

TightVNC originally written by GlavSoft LLC, ia64 port (somewhat trivial) and build by Knuckx. Licensed under the GNU GPL v2.
Attachments
TightVNC-2.6.4-Itanium-ia64-src.zip
Source Code for ia64, with complete build output in \Itanium\Release\
(72.58 MiB) Downloaded 40 times
TightVNC-2.6.4-Itanium-ia64.zip
The main binaries for TightVNC ia64 - tvnserver.exe, tvnviewer.exe & screenhooks64.dll
(1.98 MiB) Downloaded 37 times
HP Integrity rx2620 Deskside: Dual Itanium 2 9015 "Montecito" / HP iLO MP / 24GB RAM / OpenVMS v8.4 / HP-UX 11i v3 / Windows Server 2008 R2 ia64 / Debian 7
HP Integrity rx2620 Rackmount: Dual Itanium 2 1600 "Fanwood" / HP iLO MP / 16GB RAM
Ageia PhysX PC: Pentium D 930 / AMD Radeon HD 6450 1GB / Ageia PhysX PPU / 3.5GB RAM / Windows Vista Business x64
3Dfx Glide PC: Pentium III 500 / 3Dfx Voodoo 3 / 3Dfx Voodoo / 384MB RAM / Windows 98SE
Power Mac G4 (AGP): Mac OS X 10.4.11 / Mac OS 9.2.2
Compaq Armada 1500: Pentium 133 / 32MB RAM / MS-DOS 6.22 / Windows 3.11

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Re: TightVNC for Windows on Itanium/ia64

Unread postby Shiunbird » Wed Jun 29, 2016 3:50 am

Oh wow, good work!

What do you use your Itanium machines for? How do they perform?
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Knuckx
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Re: TightVNC for Windows on Itanium/ia64

Unread postby Knuckx » Wed Jun 29, 2016 2:03 pm

My first system was the rackmount, bought as I was interested in VLIW/EPIC instruction set CPUs (from my systems engineering modules at university) and I like odd, offshoot computer systems; see also Ageia PhysX Accelerator PC and 3DFX Voodoo/Glide PC in sig. I did some assembler work on it, and fully understand why it never took off, and why efficient compilers are so hard to write for it. I used that system for a while, messing around in higher level languages in Windows, and later OpenVMS. HP-UX is just there as a curiosity (a real UNIX decendant), and Linux is there as a partition/disk utility. Sadly the rackmount system is quite loud, and your ears begin to ring after sitting next to it for an hour or two.

I recently acquired/rescued the deskside, and upon seeing the specs, and how much quieter it was, swapped all of my disks and PCI cards over into it; The rackmount is currently waiting to be sorted out, as it has a ECC issue on one DIMM; I'm considering colocating it.

My current uses are software development/messing around in C(++), Java, OpenVMS and HP-UX. With the right compiler, the performance can be quite good, a 4core/8thread 1.4GHz system has approximately 25% of the performance of a modern AMD FX 8core 4.1GHz system (using 7zip's benchmark tool).

I occasionally run a private Minecraft server (Java game server, can be very intensive on CPU and RAM) on it, as native ia64 Java 6 is available for Windows, which is remarkably performant; 24GB of RAM also helps, as I can give Java a 16GB memory space, and still have 8GB free for Windows/ancillary programs to run in. I suspect I am one of very few people to ever play on a Minecraft server running on an Itanium...
HP Integrity rx2620 Deskside: Dual Itanium 2 9015 "Montecito" / HP iLO MP / 24GB RAM / OpenVMS v8.4 / HP-UX 11i v3 / Windows Server 2008 R2 ia64 / Debian 7
HP Integrity rx2620 Rackmount: Dual Itanium 2 1600 "Fanwood" / HP iLO MP / 16GB RAM
Ageia PhysX PC: Pentium D 930 / AMD Radeon HD 6450 1GB / Ageia PhysX PPU / 3.5GB RAM / Windows Vista Business x64
3Dfx Glide PC: Pentium III 500 / 3Dfx Voodoo 3 / 3Dfx Voodoo / 384MB RAM / Windows 98SE
Power Mac G4 (AGP): Mac OS X 10.4.11 / Mac OS 9.2.2
Compaq Armada 1500: Pentium 133 / 32MB RAM / MS-DOS 6.22 / Windows 3.11


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