[POWERPC] convert string i/o operations to C

Matt Sealey matt at genesi-usa.com
Wed Sep 20 04:58:56 EST 2006

Shouldn't this stuff be optimized out depending on what processor you're 
ACTUALLY running?

For a generic "powerpc" kernel it can be understood, but when you 
consider that on 970/POWER4 and above they use lwsync instead of sync
(google for them and see the mailing list posts :), just to breathe back 
some performance in spinlocks and so on, surely this can be rejigged so 
that processors don't do more work than necessary..? Even a noop takes 
time doesn't it?

Matt Sealey <matt at genesi-usa.com>
Genesi, Manager, Developer Relations

Kim Phillips wrote:
> On Tue, 19 Sep 2006 13:29:53 -0500
> linas at austin.ibm.com (Linas Vepstas) wrote:
>> What does this twi do? According to my powerpc docs, this would be a
>> no-op.  Does this have some magic synchronizing powers on certain
>> implementations? If so, there should be at least a comment card added
>> about why the twi is there. (This special ability of twi might be
>> well-known to some, but still, this is not immediately obvious,
>> and not immedately documented in e.g. the PEM.)
> include/asm-p[ower]pc/io.h sheds some light on the matter:
>  * With the sequence below (twi; isync; nop), we have found that
>  * the machine check occurs on one of the three instructions on
>  * all PPC implementations tested so far.  The twi and isync are
>  * needed on the 601 (in fact twi; sync works too), the isync and
>  * nop are needed on 604[e|r], and any of twi, sync or isync will
>  * work on 603[e], 750, 74xx.
>  * The twi creates an explicit data dependency on the returned
>  * value which seems to be needed to make the 601 wait for the
>  * load to finish.
> Kim
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