Query about: ARM11 MPCore: preemption/task migration cache coherency
catalin.marinas at arm.com
Thu May 31 23:25:34 EDT 2012
On Fri, Jun 01, 2012 at 02:11:59AM +0100, snakky.zhang at gmail.com wrote:
> On 2012年06月01日 00:04, Catalin Marinas wrote:
> > Rather than IPI we would better use the read-for-ownership trick like
> > in this patch to make flush_dcache_page global (no need for
> > write-for-ownership):
> I think write for ownership is necessary for flush_dcache_xxx: Read
> guarantee local data cache get newest data, at the same time write
> guarantee the data can be flushed into memory.
> See Section 7.1 of ARM11 MPCore. Processor Technical Reference
> Manual(Revision: r2p0) P146/728:
> Clean Applies to write-back data caches. If the cache line targeted by
> the Clean operation contains stored data that has not yet been written
> out to main memory, it is written to main memory, and the line is
> marked as clean.
> So I am afraid without the write action, the "clean & invalidate"
> action later will not write data back to main memory.
If there is a dirty cache line, it will be written to memory by the
clean&invalidate operation. If the data in the cache line is in a clean
state, it means that it is identical to the main memory (or L2 if
With just a read, clean&invalidate would not invalidate (remove) the
cache lines from the other CPUs. Doing a write forces the cache line to
only be present on the current CPU (though automatically invalidating it
on the other CPUs).
> Another question here: Why the flush_kern_dcache_xxx in
> arch/arm/mm/cache-v6 use "clean & invalidate" progress instead of
> "clean"? Seems clean is enough here.
I think in the context of VIPT caches clean would be enough.
> > http://dchs.spinics.net/lists/arm-kernel/msg125075.html
> > (it may no longer apply, I haven't checked it for some time).
> > That's the first thing. Secondly you still need preemption disable so
> > that it is not preempted between RFO and the actual cache cleaning.
> PREEMPT. :-)
> Get it. But currently, I can't find anything related to ARMv6 MPCore
> conflict with PREEMPT. So if it is also necessary to add something in
> Documentation and related Kconfig to describe it and make sure PREEMPT
> can't been enabled on such CPUs?
Well, we either get it to work or, if not possible, we add a comment.
Let's try the former option first :)
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