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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/4] RISC-V: Fix L1_CACHE_BYTES for RV32
On Thu, Jan 14, 2021 at 7:34 PM Atish Patra <atishp@atishpatra.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 9:10 PM Palmer Dabbelt <palmer@dabbelt.com> wrote:
> > On Thu, 07 Jan 2021 01:26:51 PST (-0800), Atish Patra wrote:
> > > SMP_CACHE_BYTES/L1_CACHE_BYTES should be defined as 32 instead of
> > > 64 for RV32. Otherwise, there will be hole of 32 bytes with each memblock
> > > allocation if it is requested to be aligned with SMP_CACHE_BYTES.
> > >
> > > Signed-off-by: Atish Patra <atish.patra@wdc.com>
> > > ---
> > > arch/riscv/include/asm/cache.h | 4 ++++
> > > 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+)
> > >
> > > diff --git a/arch/riscv/include/asm/cache.h b/arch/riscv/include/asm/cache.h
> > > index 9b58b104559e..c9c669ea2fe6 100644
> > > --- a/arch/riscv/include/asm/cache.h
> > > +++ b/arch/riscv/include/asm/cache.h
> > > @@ -7,7 +7,11 @@
> > > #ifndef _ASM_RISCV_CACHE_H
> > > #define _ASM_RISCV_CACHE_H
> > >
> > > +#ifdef CONFIG_64BIT
> > > #define L1_CACHE_SHIFT 6
> > > +#else
> > > +#define L1_CACHE_SHIFT 5
> > > +#endif
> > >
> > > #define L1_CACHE_BYTES (1 << L1_CACHE_SHIFT)
> >
> > Should we not instead just
> >
> > #define SMP_CACHE_BYTES L1_CACHE_BYTES
> >
> > like a handful of architectures do?
> >
>
> The generic code already defines it that way in include/linux/cache.h
>
> > The cache size is sort of fake here, as we don't have any non-coherent
> > mechanisms, but IIRC we wrote somewhere that it's recommended to have 64-byte
> > cache lines in RISC-V implementations as software may assume that for
> > performance reasons. Not really a strong reason, but I'd prefer to just make
> > these match.
> >
>
> If it is documented somewhere in the kernel, we should update that. I
> think SMP_CACHE_BYTES being 64
> actually degrades the performance as there will be a fragmented memory
> blocks with 32 bit bytes gap wherever
> SMP_CACHE_BYTES is used as an alignment requirement.
>
> In addition to that, Geert Uytterhoeven mentioned some panic on vex32
> without this patch.
> I didn't see anything in Qemu though.

FTR, I no longer need this patch on vexriscv.
It seems it just masked an issue.

Gr{oetje,eeting}s,

Geert

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Geert Uytterhoeven -- There's lots of Linux beyond ia32 -- geert@linux-m68k.org

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