Re: [PATCH 3/7] [RFC] add support for BlueGene/P FPU

From: Eric Van Hensbergen
Date: Thu May 19 2011 - 09:53:57 EST

On Thu, May 19, 2011 at 12:58 AM, Michael Neuling <mikey@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Eric,
>> This patch adds save/restore register support for the BlueGene/P
>> double hummer FPU.
> What does this mean?  Needs more details here.

Hi Mikey,

any specific details you are looking for here? AFAIK these patches
are required for the kernel to save/restore the double hummer

>> +#ifdef CONFIG_BGP
>> +#define LFPDX(frt, ra, rb)   .long (31<<26)|((frt)<<21)|((ra)<<16)| \
>> +                                                     ((rb)<<11)|(462<<1)
>> +#define STFPDX(frt, ra, rb)  .long (31<<26)|((frt)<<21)|((ra)<<16)| \
>> +                                                     ((rb)<<11)|(974<<1)
>> +#endif /* CONFIG_BGP */
> Put these in arch/powerpc/include/asm/ppc-opcode.h and reformat to fit
> whats there already.
> Also, don't need to put these defines inside a #ifdef.

Sure, I'll fix that up.

>> +#ifdef CONFIG_BGP
>> +#define SAVE_FPR(n, b, base) li b, THREAD_FPR0+(16*(n)); STFPDX(n, base, b)
>> +#define REST_FPR(n, b, base) li b, THREAD_FPR0+(16*(n)); LFPDX(n, base, b)
> 16*?  Are these FP regs 64 or 128 bits wide?  If 128 you are doing to
> have to play with TS_WIDTH to get the size of the FPs correct in the
> thread_struct.
> I think there's a bug here.

I actually have three different versions of this code from different
source patches that I'm drawing from - so your help in figuring out
the best way to approach this is appreciated. The kittyhawk version
of the code has 8* instead of 16*. According to the docs:
"Each of the two FPU units contains 32 64-bit floating point registers
for a total of 64 FP registers per processor." which would seem to
point to the kittyhawk version - but they have a second SAVE_32SFPRS
for the second hummer. What wasn't clear to me with this version of
the code was whether or not they were doing something clever like
saving the pair of the 64-bit FPU registers in a single 128-bit slot
(seems plausible). If this is not the way to go, I can certainly
switch the kittyhawk version of the patch with the *, the extra
SAVE32SFPR and the extra double hummer specific storage space in the
thread_struct. If it would help I can post an alternate version of
the patch for discussion with the kittyhawk version.

>>  /*
>> diff --git a/arch/powerpc/platforms/44x/Kconfig b/arch/powerpc/platforms/44x/
> Kconfig
>> index f485fc5f..24a515e 100644
>> --- a/arch/powerpc/platforms/44x/Kconfig
>> +++ b/arch/powerpc/platforms/44x/Kconfig
>> @@ -169,6 +169,15 @@ config YOSEMITE
>>       help
>>         This option enables support for the AMCC PPC440EP evaluation board.
>> +config       BGP
> Does this FPU feature have a specific name like double hammer?  I'd
> rather have the BGP defconfig depend on PPC_FPU_DOUBLE_HUMMER, or
> something like that...
>> +     bool "Blue Gene/P"
>> +     depends on 44x
>> +     default n
>> +     select PPC_FPU
>> +     select PPC_DOUBLE_FPU
> ... in fact, it seem you are doing something like these here but you
> don't use PPC_DOUBLE_FPU anywhere?

A fair point. I'm fine with calling it DOUBLE_HUMMER, but I wasn't sure if
that was "too internal" of a name for the kernel. Let me know and
I'll fix it up.
I'll also change the CONFIG_BGP defines in the FPU code to PPC_DOUBLE_FPU
or PPC_DOUBLE_HUMMER depending on what the community decides.

Thanks for the feedback!

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