Yes, your question was too brief the first time around - I couldn't
tell what you were really asking. I'm still not 100% sure of what
you're doing, though. I don't want to sound insulting, but you're
disabling interrupts during this operation, right? And if you're
copying the values into variables in memory, you're doing nothing
but non-cached references, right? When you see the tags changing
on you, which bits are changing, and what are they defined to mean?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kim, Jong-Sung" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, April 24, 2006 9:23 AM
Subject: RE: Reading an entire cacheline
> Hi all,
> Was my question too brief? I'm using MIPS5Kf core included in a Broadcom
> implemented processor and it has a 32kB d-cache and a same sized i-cache.
> Cache configuration is 2-way, 32-byte cacheline for both d- and i-cache
> without L2 cache. Of course, MIPS-port Linux as the kernel for it. And, a
> onboard block device has problem in its operation. I don't think it's a
> kernel problem. So I wanna inspect the contents of cache RAMs at the device
> driver's context. I've added some lines of codes look like follow:
> __asm__ __volatile__(
> ".set noreorder\n\t"
> ".set mips3\n\t"
> "cache 5, 0x00(%3)\n\t" // load d-cache tag
> ".set mips0\n\t" // by index
> ".set mips32\n\t"
> "mfc0 %0, $28, 0\n\t"
> "mfc0 %1, $28, 1\n\t"
> "mfc0 %2, $29, 1\n\t"
> .set mips0\n\t"
> .set reorder"
> : "=r" (tag), "=r" (data_lo), "=r" (data_hi)
> : "r" (0x80000000 | (way << 14) | (index << 5) | (word <<
> This is executed for every index, every way, and every word. The thing aches
> my head is the tags from a single cacheline differs. (very often for
> d-cache) So I modified the code to reread the cacheline from the first word
> when the tag was modified before reading all four words. Then the code never
> return. I couldn't find any related information from manual.
> Please give me a hint for reading whole cacheline safely.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: email@example.com
> [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Kim, Jong-Sung
> Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2006 9:37 AM
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: Reading an entire cacheline
> Is there any way to read an entire cacheline from the MIPS5Kf? Four
> sequential cache instructions do similarly, but sometimes the tags from a
> same cacheline differ. How can I read a consistent cacheline safely?