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Re: MIPS64 status?

To: "Kevin D. Kissell" <>
Subject: Re: MIPS64 status?
From: "Maciej W. Rozycki" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2002 14:37:22 +0100 (MET)
Cc: Dominic Sweetman <>, Matthew Dharm <>,
In-reply-to: <00ee01c19cfa$ab8d3640$0deca8c0@Ulysses>
Organization: Technical University of Gdansk
On Mon, 14 Jan 2002, Kevin D. Kissell wrote:

> Careful, Dom.  As far as user-mode programs are concerned,
> older 64-bit MIPS designs (R4xxxx/R5xxxx/R7xxxx), one cannot
> enable 64-bit arithmetic without enabling 64-bit addressing,
> both of these functions being enabled by the Status.UX bit.
> SGI's IRIX OS allowed an execution model that provided
> 64-bit registers and math, while *simulating* a 32-bit address
> space, based on sign-extending 32-bit addresses to 64-bits.
> The user was spared doubling the footprint of all his pointers,
> but the OS still had to manage the larger page tables.

 Note that there is usually no point in using a 64D/32A mode unless you
have weird toolchain problems.  You may get a 64D/32A user program by
mapping its segments appropriately in the 31-bit address space.  Since the
MIPS user segment always starts at zero such a program won't see a
difference between a 64D/32A and a 64D/64A mode.

 Why would an OS need larger page tables?

+  Maciej W. Rozycki, Technical University of Gdansk, Poland   +
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