[PATCH v7 0/9] ARM: VDSO

Nathan Lynch Nathan_Lynch at mentor.com
Mon Jun 30 08:42:13 PDT 2014

On 06/30/2014 09:40 AM, Will Deacon wrote:
> Hi Nathan,
> On Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 04:11:49AM +0100, Nathan Lynch wrote:
>> Provide fast userspace implementations of gettimeofday and
>> clock_gettime on systems that implement the generic timers extension
>> defined in ARMv7.  This follows the example of arm64 in conception but
>> significantly differs in some aspects of the implementation (C vs
>> assembly, mainly).
> [...]
> This series is starting to gain traction now, so it's probably time to start
> thinking about implementing this for CONFIG_COMPAT on arm64. We currently
> map a fake vectors page there, but this would be much more flexible,
> particularly as its written in C (and so we would magically get any new
> functions added to the 32-bit version).
> So, there are a couple of questions that spring to mind:
>   - How difficult is it to share the vdso code with arm64 to build a compat
>     vdso? (getting the Makefile to work will be hard, as we'll need an arm
>     toolchain...).

Not sure.  x86 might be the best example to work from here, although it
has the advantage of everything living under arch/x86.  64-bit powerpc
kernels provide a 32-bit VDSO for compat tasks but I think it doesn't
really share code with the 64-bit VDSO.

>   - If we use your code to build an arm64 vdso, how much slower is it than
>     the handcrafted asm we currently have?

Someone with access to 64-bit hardware (i.e. not me) would have to find
this out, but I would not be surprised if the C code could be tightened
up -- I have not spent much time on optimizing it.

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