Re: CONFIG_ARCH_SUPPORTS_INT128: Why not mips, s390, powerpc, and alpha?

From: Heiko Carstens (heiko.carstens@xxxxxxxxxx)
Date: Sat Mar 30 2019 - 04:43:56 EST

On Fri, Mar 29, 2019 at 01:07:07PM +0000, George Spelvin wrote:
> (Cross-posted in case there are generic issues; please trim if
> discussion wanders into single-architecture details.)
> I was working on some scaling code that can benefit from 64x64->128-bit
> multiplies. GCC supports an __int128 type on processors with hardware
> support (including z/Arch and MIPS64), but the support was broken on
> early compilers, so it's gated behind CONFIG_ARCH_SUPPORTS_INT128.
> Currently, of the ten 64-bit architectures Linux supports, that's
> only enabled on x86, ARM, and RISC-V.
> SPARC and HP-PA don't have support.
> But that leaves Alpha, Mips, PowerPC, and S/390x.
> Current mips64, powerpc64, and s390x gcc seems to generate sensible code
> for mul_u64_u64_shr() in <linux/math64.h> if I cross-compile them.
> I don't have easy access to an Alpha cross-compiler to test, but
> as it has UMULH, I suspect it would work, too.
> Is there a reason it hasn't been enabled on these platforms?

It hasn't been enabled on s390 simply because at least I wasn't aware
of this config option. Feel free to send a patch, otherwise I will
enable this. Whatever you prefer.

Thanks for pointing this out!