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Re: MIPS32 patches breaking DecStation

To: "Kevin D. Kissell" <>
Subject: Re: MIPS32 patches breaking DecStation
From: Ralf Baechle <>
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2001 13:09:58 -0200
Cc: "Florian Lohoff" <>, <>
In-reply-to: <000501c079d3$fefe1a60$0deca8c0@Ulysses>; from on Tue, Jan 09, 2001 at 01:34:47AM +0100
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On Tue, Jan 09, 2001 at 01:34:47AM +0100, Kevin D. Kissell wrote:

> uses 3 or 4 nops instead of the branch to the instruction
> after the delay slot?   There was a reason that I eliminated
> the branch construct from the MIPS internal Linux source
> base - it's a hack that works perfectly on R4000's, but
> it's pretty much a coincidence that it does so.  Yes,
> the code fragment in question is R4K-specific, but
> we really need to migrate towards the use of consistent
> mechanisms that work across the full range of MIPS
> CPUs.  Ideally, *all* CP0 hazards should some day be 
> padded out with "ssnops" (sll $0,$0,1, if I recall), which 
> force a 1 cycle delay per instruction even on superscalar 

While we could come up with a common TLB fault handler I really don't want
to.  For many applications this TLB fault handler is extremly performance
sensitive; every single cycle directly translates into application
performance.  Seems like we'll need some more TLB fault handler.  And a
complete TLB fault handler rewrite would be a good ide anyway, sigh ...


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