Re: [RFC PATCH 01/10] arm64: feature registers: Documentation

From: Catalin Marinas
Date: Tue Aug 11 2015 - 10:23:12 EST

On Mon, Aug 10, 2015 at 07:48:48PM +0200, Ard Biesheuvel wrote:
> > On 10/08/15 17:06, Catalin Marinas wrote:
> >> And to debunk some of the counter arguments:
> >>
> >> a) Running out of HWCAP bits - I really doubt this, we can always
> >> introduce 64 more via a new elf_hwcapX
> Note that ELF_HWCAP is also wired into ifunc resolution of GNU
> indirect functions, which looks like a useful feature although it
> isn't used that widely yet.

I forgot to mention, we also need an HWCAP_CPUID with these patches when
we expose the MRS interface. The ifunc resolver could use MRS when
available. But I would still keep adding HWCAP bits for new features,
even if we risk running out of the 64-bit we have now.

> The ifunc prototype for aarch64 has only one 'long' parameter, and I
> don't know if it is possible to extend that without having a bit in
> HWCAPn to indicate that HWCAPn+1 is valid. Also, the ifunc resolvers
> are restricted in the sense that they cannot use shared libraries or
> code that uses constructors (AFAIR) so it may require a special static
> library to call this CPU feature interface from such a resolver if
> features are not covered by HWCAP bits.

Or we could get some compiler intrinsics that generate the instruction
inline, just to avoid explicit asm.

> So treating HWCAP bits as an endless supply may not be the wisest
> approach here.

Probably not for ifunc, otherwise I don't think it hurts.

> Also, I think some alignment with the libc folks is indeed in order.

I agree (not sure how they feel about cross-posting though).

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