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A solution like that already exists: it's called vamos (Virtual AMiga OS) and emulates a 68k CPU and a bunch of libraries - enough to get terminal only programs (like compilers and assemblers) running: https://github.com/cnvogelg/amitools Not all that easy to setup though.


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As an example, years ago I installed a 25MHz 68030RC / 68851 / 68882 8MB accelerator in my A1200. First thing I did was use Realsoft Real 3D 1.x ray tracing program to render the teapot project. I rendered it using the standard program(1), then the FPU version. From what I remember, using the FPU version of Real 3D, the speed up was about 3 to 4 times faster....


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The extreme example is pure floating point calculations. Analogue electronics simulations, some kinds of 3D graphics rendering, statistical machine learning, huge spreadsheets, and so on. The comp.sys.m68k FAQ gives 264 kFLOPS for the 68882 at 25 MHz. The 68030 runs about 8 MIPS (integer) at 25 MHz. The source code for Linux's m68k floating point ...


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There's nothing magic with it as such. Simple subtractive synthesis and software sample mixing is "easily" possible on a 50 MHz 68060, which is the kind of Amigas this software targets. You would of course not run this on an unaccelerated Amiga 500. The source code is available for download, and the program itself can be freely downloaded from ...


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In general, booting an Amiga from an HDD is quite fast, and can certainly be far less than 30 seconds even when a significant number of drivers and small applications are loaded via commands in S:Startup-Sequence. It should normally take only ~5 seconds to initialize the hardware and see the display of the CLI window (see below about cold vs. warm boot times)...


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Any particular Amiga applications which greatly benefited from an FPU? Any program that uses floating point math extensively should greatly benefit. It can be done automatically by going through an external library that uses the FPU if available, but this has higher overhead than inlined FPU instructions. In general if a program has different versions for ...


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