[PATCH 0/2] [PPC 4xx] L2-cache synchronization for ppc44x

Eugene Surovegin ebs at ebshome.net
Sat Jan 12 04:41:52 EST 2008

On Fri, Jan 11, 2008 at 06:24:46PM +0300, Yuri Tikhonov wrote:
>  Hello, Eugene,
>  The h/w snooping mechanism you are talking about is limited to the Low 
> Latency (LL) segment of the PLB bus in ppc440sp and ppc440spe chips (see 
> section "7.2.7 L2 Cache Coherency" of the ppc440spe spec), whereas DMA and 
> XOR engines use the High Bandwidth (HB) segment of PLB bus (see 
> section "1.1.2 Internal Buses" of the ppc440spe spec).
>  Thus, the h/w snooping mechanism is not able to trace the results of 
> operations performed by DMA and XOR engines and keep L2-cache coherent with 
> SDRAM, because the data flow through the HB PLB segment. This leads to, for 
> example, incorrect results of RAID-parity calculations if one uses the h/w 
> accelerated ppc440spe ADMA driver with L2-cache enabled.
>  The s/w synchronization algorithms proposed in my patches has no LL PLB 
> limitations as opposed to h/w snooping, but, probably, this is not the best 
> way of how it might be implemented. Even though with these patches the h/w 
> accelerated RAID starts to operate correctly (with L2-cache enabled) there is 
> a performance degradation (induced by loops in the L2-cache synchronization 
> routines) observed in the most cases. So, as a result, there is no benefit 
> from using L2-cache for these, RAID, cases at all.

Thanks a lot for explanation, Yuri. I'd never imagine they were so 
stupid to make new chips with such behaviour.


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