Re: [PATCH]IA64 trap code 16 bytes atomic copy on montecito, take 2

From: bibo,mao <>
Date: 2006-11-02 20:05:52
Chen, Kenneth W wrote:
> Mao, Bibo wrote on Wednesday, November 01, 2006 11:53 PM
>> else means that current cpu does not support 16 byte atomic operation.
>> If kprobe address is on slot 0/2, then memcpy still can execute.
> Do you allow kprobe insertion on "L+X" instruction?  It looks like so.
> Then how do you maintain atomic update to L and X instruction right
> now with memcpy?
From the code, It allows kprobes insertion on "L+X" instruction, and put
BREAK code on the slot 2. IA64 manual says that "the X slot may encode
break.i and nop.i in addition to any X-unit instruction".
It seems that for MLX, BREAK opcode should insert the higher 8 bytes firstly.
> "atomic update" is not really the exact word I want to use here.  Don't
> you want to write the upper 8-byte first so that break opcode is jammed
> in there before updating the remaining 41-bit immediate value? Otherwise,
> writing lower 8-byte first will end up with a small window that original
> opcode seeing corrupted immediate value.
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