[PATCH V2 04/68] powerpc/mm: Use big endian page table for book3s 64

Segher Boessenkool segher at kernel.crashing.org
Tue May 31 00:59:43 AEST 2016

On Mon, May 30, 2016 at 07:27:11AM +1000, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> > > This enables us to share the same page table code for
> > > both radix and hash. Radix use a hardware defined big endian
> > > page table
> > This is measurably worse (a little over 2% on POWER8) on a futex
> > microbenchmark:
> That is surprising, do we have any idea what specifically increases the
> overhead so significantly ? Does gcc know about ldbrx/stdbrx ? I notice
> in our io.h for example we still do manual ld/std + swap because old
> processors didn't know these, we should fix that for CONFIG_POWER8 (or
> is it POWER7 that brought these ?).

GCC knows about ldbrx.  ldbrx is v2.06, i.e. POWER7 (Cell also has it).
As Michael says, we really want to have a byterev insn as well :-)

GCC does not know this is a big sequence of instructions, and it only
_has_ it as one insn, until after register allocation.  If things get
put in memory it is one insn, but the reg-reg sequence is a whopping
nine instructions :-/


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