GCC 9 Guts Out The PowerPC SPE Support
Written by Michael Larabel in GNU on 11 December 2018 at 12:02 AM EST. 6 Comments
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It should come as no surprise since it was deprecated in this year's GCC 8 release, but the PowerPC SPE code has been removed.

This isn't to be confused with conventional POWER/PowerPC but rather PowerPC SPE that is for the "Signal Processing Engine" on older FreeScale/IBM cores like the e500. It's not all that important these days and doesn't affect newer versions of the 64-bit Power support.

So as of Monday the "powerpcspe" code was removed ahead of the GCC 9.1 stable compiler update due out in a few months.
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