Michael Sundius wrote:
David Daney wrote:
The Cavium OCTEON port overrides the default memcpy and does use
prefetch. It was recently merged (2.6.29-rc2). Look at octeon-memcpy.S
thanks!!! that's really useful. I have a few questions tho:
1) So you made this function explicitly for the Octeon.
I didn't personally write the code. But yes, as its name implies, it was
created specifically for OCTEON.
and that is
because you know the cache-line is 128 bytes long
on the octeon? is that right?
That and we know exactly how prefetching works on this CPU *and* we know
we can do unaligned accesses quickly.
2) It seems as though you always prefectch the first cache line.. what
happens if the memcopy is less than 1 cache line long?
wouldn't you risk prefetching beyond the end of the buffer?
It is a risk we were willing to take. Cache lines are loaded with
unneeded data all the time.
3) why do you only do the "pref 0 offset(src)" and not a prefetch for
I don't know. But the interaction between the writeback buffers, the
cache and RAM are somewhat complicated. It may not be enough of a win
to overcome the cost of the code that would determine when to do it.
4) on line 244 you check to see if len is less than 128. while on the
other checks you check for (offset)+1
why would you not do the prefetch if len was exactly 256 bytes? (or 128
in the case of line 196)?
We are always prefetching 256 bytes ahead of the current position. If
we prefetch beyound the end of the buffer it is truly wasting memory
bandwidth, also if we prefetch to memory addresses where there is no
physical memory, bad things happen.