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Re: [PATCH 14/27] arm64/sve: Backend logic for setting the vector length
- From: Dave Martin <Dave dot Martin at arm dot com>
- To: Alex Bennée <alex dot bennee at linaro dot org>
- Cc: linux-arch at vger dot kernel dot org, libc-alpha at sourceware dot org, Ard Biesheuvel <ard dot biesheuvel at linaro dot org>, Szabolcs Nagy <szabolcs dot nagy at arm dot com>, gdb at sourceware dot org, Yao Qi <Yao dot Qi at arm dot com>, Alan Hayward <alan dot hayward at arm dot com>, Will Deacon <will dot deacon at arm dot com>, Richard Sandiford <richard dot sandiford at arm dot com>, Catalin Marinas <catalin dot marinas at arm dot com>, kvmarm at lists dot cs dot columbia dot edu, linux-arm-kernel at lists dot infradead dot org
- Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:29:52 +0100
- Subject: Re: [PATCH 14/27] arm64/sve: Backend logic for setting the vector length
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On Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 04:33:18PM +0100, Alex Bennée wrote:
> Dave Martin <Dave.Martin@arm.com> writes:
> > This patch implements the core logic for changing a task's vector
> > length on request from userspace. This will be used by the ptrace
> > and prctl frontends that are implemented in later patches.
> > The SVE architecture permits, but does not require, implementations
> > to support vector lengths that are not a power of two. To handle
> > this, logic is added to check a requested vector length against a
> > possibly sparse bitmap of available vector lengths at runtime, so
> > that the best supported value can be chosen.
> > Signed-off-by: Dave Martin <Dave.Martin@arm.com>
> > ---
> > arch/arm64/include/asm/fpsimd.h | 6 +++
> > arch/arm64/kernel/fpsimd.c | 116 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> > include/uapi/linux/prctl.h | 5 ++
> > 3 files changed, 127 insertions(+)
> > diff --git a/arch/arm64/include/asm/fpsimd.h b/arch/arm64/include/asm/fpsimd.h
> > index 7efd04e..39b26d2 100644
> > --- a/arch/arm64/include/asm/fpsimd.h
> > +++ b/arch/arm64/include/asm/fpsimd.h
> > @@ -70,11 +70,15 @@ extern void fpsimd_update_current_state(struct fpsimd_state *state);
> > extern void fpsimd_flush_task_state(struct task_struct *target);
> > +#define SVE_VL_ARCH_MAX 0x100
> > +
> Hmm this isn't the same as SVE_VL_MAX. Why aren't we using that?
There should probably be a comment on this.
SVE vector-length agnostic software needs to be able to assume that
VL <= 256 (the SVE maximum), because some instructions won't work as
expected if this is not the case, particularly TBL, where in a larger
vector there's no guarantee that a vector index (which might be as small
as a byte) can index a vector element (of which there could be >256).
I really don't want to expose SVE_VL_ARCH_MAX to userspace, so that
people are not tempted to design data structures and protocols that
can't handle up to SVE_VL_MAX. Exposing both together seemed to carry
a high risk of confusion and misuse.
Instead, I silently clamp to an SVE-compatible length (i.e.,
SVE_VL_ARCH_MAX) in sve_set_vector_length(). If future architecture
revisions support larger vectors later on, my plan is to require an
extra "force flag" to be passed to override the clamp.