[PATCH v3 RESEND 05/17] ARM: LPAE: support 64-bit virt_to_phys patching

Dave Martin dave.martin at linaro.org
Tue Sep 25 08:55:19 EDT 2012

On Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 06:55:25PM -0400, Nicolas Pitre wrote:
> On Mon, 24 Sep 2012, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> > On Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 06:32:22PM -0400, Nicolas Pitre wrote:
> > > We don't want to limit lowmem.  The lowmem is very precious memory and 
> > > we want to maximize its size.  In that case it is probably best to 
> > > implement a real patchable 64-bit addition rather than artificially 
> > > restricting the lowmem size.
> > 
> > You don't need to.  You can solve the V->P translation like this:
> > 
> >         movw    %hi, #0xVWXY            @ fixup
> >         adds    %lo, %lo, #offset       @ fixup
> >         adc     %hi, %hi, #0
> That's exactly what I mean when I say a real 64-bit addition.  Despite 
> one of the arguments being a 32 bit value, the overflow needs to be 
> carried to the high part.
> > which is probably the simplest way to do the fixup - keep the existing
> > fixup code, and add support for that movw instruction.  And that will
> > work across any 4GB boundary just fine (we won't have more than 4GB of
> > virtual address space on a 32-bit CPU anyway, so we only have to worry
> > about one carry.)
> Exactly.
> > And the P->V translation is truncating anyway, so that is just:
> > 
> > 	sub	%lo, %lo, #offset
> > 
> > and nothing more.
> Yes, that's what the posted code does already.

Taking a step back, this is all feeling very complex.  Do we actually need
to solve the P2V patching problem for this platform?

For 32-bit platforms, especially pre-v6, small TLBs and caches, lack of
branch prediction etc. may make the performance boost from P2V patching
more significant, but I have some doubts about whether it is really
worth it for more heavyweight v7+LPAE platforms.

Would it be worth trying a simple macro implementation that reads a
global variable for this case, and investigating the performance impact?

For realistic workloads running on newer CPUs, I suspect that any costs
from this may disappear into the noise...


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