Disable cache on 74xx

Brian Waite waite at skycomputers.com
Fri Feb 21 02:47:02 EST 2003

Well to preface, some people around here think disabling cache is a good idea.
I report to one of those :). What I am trying to debug is why my custom board
hangs. Basically,  what I see is when a PCI interface starts reading/writing
SDRAM, my 745x processor locks up. I see no more decrementer interrupts being
serviced and using a BDI 2000 JTAG interface I see the processors stalled on
some memory access instruciton. The memory controller (gt64260) seems to be
doing something very wrong and it is thought to be a cache coherency issue.
So to prove this, I was asked to try running without any sort of cache.
Hopefully between Gary's information and yours, Dan I can convince people
that it is futile.


On Thursday 20 February 2003 10:23 am, Dan Malek wrote:
> Geert Uytterhoeven wrote:
> > There may be a different behavior for `disabling the data cache globally'
> > and `using e.g. dcbf on uncached memory' (with the data cache enabled
> > globally).
> I decided to take a diversion and read some processor manuals.  :-)
> The behavior of the cache instructions on areas that are not cacheable
> for any reason depends upon the cache instruction used.  Some have
> no effect, some have unpredictable behavior, some cause alignment/access
> traps.  It all depends upon how they would translate/access the cache
> and the operation they would perform on a cache line.  We use all
> instructions in Linux that would trigger any of the behavior. :-)
> The bottom line appears to be you really don't want to execute cache
> instructions on areas that are not cached.  This includes global disable
> or any method of marking pages uncached.
> For Brian, I'm also curious why you think running Linux with disabled
> caches will assist in debugging memory controller problems?  If you are
> looking for such fine control of the bus cycles for debugging it seems a
> simple memory diagnostic used in conjuction with hardware debug tools is a
> better approach.
> Thanks.
> 	-- Dan

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