"Cache Profiler" ? (was: No cache control on ppc??)

Benjamin Herrenschmidt benh at kernel.crashing.org
Mon Jan 14 06:36:19 EST 2002

>I recently installed a NewerTech Maxpowr G3 L2-Cache - which is a G3
>on a board that fits into one of the L2's ram banks on my Starmax
>3000/160. I was ecstatic that the bogomips increased by 187%
>(199.47). Recently, though, I heard of someone installing a JoeBoard
>into his StarMax 5000 and his bogomips being around 800. He mentioned
>something about a "Cache Profiler". It seems that BootX is somehow
>able to tell the kernel that there is a G3 in the cache and speed is
>increased greatly.
>The CPU on the StarMax 3000/160 motherboard itself (what originally
>came with it) is a PPC 603e. /proc/cpuinfo shows a 750 - which is good
>but the bogomips are nowhere near what this person reported.  I do not
>use BootX for I prefer booting straight into Linux with Quik.  Does
>anyone know anymore about this and if it's possible to increase
>performance more by somehow making the G3 quicker?

First boot once with BootX. Once in linux, grab the value of
/proc/sys/kernel/l2cr. Then, go back to quik, and in your
boot scripts, write back this value. This is the configuration
of the backside L2 cache of the 750.


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