Alan Modra amodra@gmail.com
Thu Dec 18 06:11:00 GMT 2014

On Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 10:26:03AM +1100, Chris Johns wrote:
> On 17/12/2014 12:34 pm, Richard Henderson wrote:
> >It seems to me that most powerpc hardware these days is server based,  and very
> >little remains at the desktop class.
> What about embedded devices with as Freescale's QorIQ T2080 and T4240 ?
> >And in the server environment, IBM has
> >been recommending a 64k page size.
> Would this change effect RTEMS and it devices ?

Yes, it would.  However, the effect isn't huge one way or another.

Richard quoting IBM's recommendation of a 64k page size really hasn't
anything to do with COMMONPAGESIZE, or at least not as much as you
might think..  You can quite happily run a binary linked with
COMMONPAGESIZE set to 4k on a system using 64k pages.  COMMONPAGESIZE
or -z common-page-size is really about where the linker starts the
data segment, following on from the text segment.  It boils down to
a trade-off between memory pages and disk pages, and the net result of
increasing COMMONPAGESIZE to 64k for a system running with 4k pages 
is that you'll tend to have bigger on-disk binaries but won't use any
more memory than with the "proper" 4k COMMONPAGESIZE.  On the other
hand if you really are running with 64k pages, there will be binaries
where you could save a 64k page of memory if you'd specified the
proper COMMONPAGESIZE at link time.

Overall, I think the increased COMMONPAGESIZE is beneficial, so I'm
happy with the patch.

Alan Modra
Australia Development Lab, IBM

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