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Who can tell me where to get informations on how Sunmicrosystems implement the Solaris 2.5.1 on x86 architect(especially in how they use address size and data size attribute).
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your best sources of information on Solaris  x86 are probably at url

  http://www.SolarisCentral.org/x86/index.shtml


diggin into the links at that site, they recommend the following background reading material

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For Unix system administration in general, I like Unix System Administration Handbook,
2d ed. ("The Red Book"), by Evi Nemeth, Garth Snyder, Scott Seebass, and Trent R. Hein
(Prentice Hall, 1995), ISBN 0-13-151051-7
http://sun.pmbc.com/bookstore/#0131510517 

Ron Ledesma has written PC Hardware Configuration Guide for DOS and Solaris
(SunSoft Press, 1994), ISBN 0-13-124678-X,
http://sun.pmbc.com/bookstore/#013124678x. It's a well-written, but dated, book on
setting up Solaris x86 on Intel Architecture.

There's also Solaris 2.X for Managers and Administrators by Curt Freeland, Dwight
McKay, Kent Parkinson, 2d ed. (1997), ISBN: 1-56690-150-2,
http://sun.pmbc.com/bookstore/#1566901502 

The following two books by Janice Winsor cover Solaris 2.6 for SPARC and x86. They
are from Sun Microsystems/Macmillan Technical Publishing. I find they cover the subject
matter too lightly, but they may be good for beginners: Solaris System Administrator's
Guide, 2d ed. (1998), ISBN 1-57870-040-X,
http://sun.pmbc.com/bookstore/#157870040x, and Solaris Advanced System
Administrator's Guide, 2d ed., ISBN 1-57870-039-6,
http://sun.pmbc.com/bookstore/#1578700396,

Other books are available on Solaris in general from SunSoft Books and on UNIX (with
sections on Solaris) from O'Reilly and Associates. Hardcopies of Sun manuals are available
as SunDocs from SunExpress.

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url  http://www.sunworld.com/swol-02-1997/swol-02-solarisX86.html

takes things a bit deeper.. here's a brief excerpt..

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New generation: Solaris X86 2.5.1
The latest release of Solaris, Version 2.5.1, offers some major improvements, including
significant performance upgrades for the X86 version. More are coming in the next year or
so as Sun changes all versions of Solaris to full 64-bit operating systems.

One of the major bonuses is that WABI 2.2 is standard on Solaris X86. This improves
considerably the operating system's ability to run Windows applications. Another
enhancement is that Solaris X86 is now optimized for the Pentium and Pentium Pro
processors, which benefits overall performance.

A performance boost also comes from the first 64-bit features incorporated into the new
version. Solaris 2.5.1 provides 64-bit KAIO (kernel asynchronous input/output) read-write
offsets to significantly speed up data transfers over earlier, 32-bit-only versions of the
product. Sun says that Solaris 2.5.1 X86 runs the standard set of Oracle benchmarks about
25 percent faster than its 32-bit-only predecessors.

However 2.5.1 is not yet a full 64-bit implementation. Sun is phasing in a full 64-bit version
of Solaris over the next year. The next step is version 2.6, featuring larger files and 64-bit
printing, commands, and backup coming sometime this year. In the first half of 1998, Sun
plans to introduce 64-bit Solaris with 64-bit virtual addressing.

According to Sun, the advantage of stepping up to 64 bits in several increments is that it
gives customers time to move to the 64-bit model by upgrading and rewriting software as
needed, while letting customers make the transition at their own pace.


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there are more sources as well on the page..


good luck


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