Address spaces

Ulrich Weigand
Thu Jul 24 15:56:00 GMT 2008

Stan Shebs wrote:
> Doug Evans wrote:
> > It would be useful to have proper address spaces for non-multi-process
> > situations too.  At the moment all one can do is hack in bits to
> > unused parts of the address (assuming such bits are available ...).
> > [I'm sure this isn't news.  Just saying there are multiple reasons for
> > addresses being more than just the CORE_ADDR of today, and if we solve
> > one, let's at least consider the others too.]
> >   
> Do you have some specific ideas in mind? Because I was assuming (and 
> this is good to be aware of) that there would not be more than one 
> address space associated with a process. (Instantly split I/D targets a 
> la D10V come to mind, although that was handled by distinguishing 
> pointers from addresses.)

Cell/B.E. applications have multiple address spaces per process -- the
main PowerPC address space (that is also accessible from the SPEs via
DMA operations) plus a separate local store address space for each SPE
context that is active in the process.

I'm currently using bit hacks to map all these address spaces into a
single CORE_ADDR space -- this is working OK for now, but it would
seem nicer to integrate this into a general notion of address spaces ...


  Dr. Ulrich Weigand
  GNU Toolchain for Linux on System z and Cell BE

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