[PATCH v3 19/21] powerpc: tm: Always use fp_state and vr_state to store live registers

Simon Guo wei.guo.simon at gmail.com
Fri Aug 19 14:04:43 AEST 2016

On Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 01:43:21PM +1000, Cyril Bur wrote:
> There is currently an inconsistency as to how the entire CPU register
> state is saved and restored when a thread uses transactional memory
> (TM).
> Using transactional memory results in the CPU having duplicated
> (almost all) of its register state. This duplication results in a set
> of registers which can be considered 'live', those being currently
> modified by the instructions being executed and another set that is
> frozen at a point in time.
> On context switch, both sets of state have to be saved and (later)
> restored. These two states are often called a variety of different
> things. Common terms for the state which only exists after has entered
> a transaction (performed a TBEGIN instruction) in hardware is the
> 'transactional' or 'speculative'.
> Between a TBEGIN and a TEND or TABORT (or an event that causes the
> hardware to abort), regardless of the use of TSUSPEND the
> transactional state can be referred to as the live state.
> The second state is often to referred to as the 'checkpointed' state
> and is a duplication of the live state when the TBEGIN instruction is
> executed. This state is kept in the hardware and will be rolled back
> to on transaction failure.
> Currently all the registers stored in pt_regs are ALWAYS the live
> registers, that is, when a thread has transactional registers their
> values are stored in pt_regs and the checkpointed state is in
> ckpt_regs. A strange opposite is true for fp_state. When a thread is
> non transactional fp_state holds the live registers. When a thread
> has initiated a transaction fp_state holds the checkpointed state and
> transact_fp becomes the structure which holds the live state (at this
> point it is a transactional state). The same is true for vr_state
> This method creates confusion as to where the live state is, in some
> circumstances it requires extra work to determine where to put the
> live state and prevents the use of common functions designed (probably
> before TM) to save the live state.
> With this patch pt_regs, fp_state and vr_state all represent the
> same thing and the other structures [pending rename] are for
> checkpointed state.
> Signed-off-by: Cyril Bur <cyrilbur at gmail.com>
Acked-by: Simon Guo <wei.guo.simon at gmail.com>

- Simon

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