[PATCH] SLB shadow buffer

Segher Boessenkool segher at kernel.crashing.org
Wed Aug 9 23:01:42 EST 2006

>> What is a SLB shadow buffer and why do we need it?  (I don't want to
>> question the patch but rather learn a little more about lowlevel  
>> ppc64
>> mmu details)
> Yeah, same question :) I don't have my PAPR at hand and I'm still
> travellling but I'm curious about that one...
> I would suspect it allows the HV to save/restore SLBs when sharing a
> processor between partitions but then... the kernel requires that  
> anyway
> so either the current code is bogus and that's pretty bad (which I  
> don't
> think so) or maybe the fact that we didn't register the shadow  
> caused HV
> to always save/restore the entire SLB, while by using the shadow,  
> we let
> it save/restore only the bolted entries we put in there (and just
> re-fault the other ones). If it's not that, then what ? :)

Yep, that's it (and I do have a PAPR at hand ;-) )

Note that we could also store "volatile" entries in the shadow buffer;
that's supposed to improve performance.


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