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Re: [PATCH] Support VU0 on MIPS R5900

"JÃrgen Urban" <> writes:
> ragnarok2040 is busy and wasn't able to finish the work. So I took over
> the work. The binutils changed in the meantime. So the old patch doesn't
> apply and your questions are no longer applicable (the patch is
> completely changed). I couldn't find a way to work the old stuff in,
> because the new binutils are very different. So I decided to add it
> without special support for suffixes. All suffixes are listed instead in
> the mips opcode table, so the suffixes will work without special suffix
> support. I think this was the intented way that binutils was designed
> for.

Well, I'm not sure there's really a precedent either way.  These VU0
instructions are pretty idiosyncratic.  Things like .ob vs. .qh for MDMX
and .s/.d/.ps for FP are similar, but there are different requirements
for when you can use those (no .qh for VR5400, no .ps until MIPS V, etc.)
In this case the suffix is really just an operand that happens to be part
of the mnemonic, so I preferred your original approach of dealing with the
suffixes programmatically.  Certainly....

> The result is that the patch adds 1527 instructions.

...this seems far too many :-)

The easiest way of dealing with it would be to have a pinfo/pinfo2 bit
to say that the suffix is required.  Unfortunately there are none left
that we can use.

I'm close to finishing a series of patches to further rework the opcode
table and free up more bits.  Those patches again interfere with yours,
sorry.  Rather than ask you to make another wholesale change, I've locally
reworked your patch to apply on top of the other ones and to make it
use the pinfo2 approach.

> I did the same for register suffixes, so all combinations are part of
> the internal symbol table for registers, i.e. 1043 registers.

Here too I think your original approach was better, sorry.  Although the
syntax glues the suffix directly to the register name, I think it's
logically a separate token.  The fact that the designers chose the syntax
"$vf0xyz" rather than "$" (or "$vf0[xyz]", or whatever) isn't
particularly important.  In the new parsing scheme that means the suffix
should be a separate OT_*.

The same principle applies to the operands.  The fields specified by the
suffixes are not contiguous with the register fields, so I think things
like "$vf0xyz" should be two separate mips_operands, one normal register
operand and one new type for just the suffix.

I've done this locally and it seems to be working well.

BTW, out of interest, I notice the syntax allows "$0" instead of "$vf0"
or "$vi0", but not "$0xyz" instead of "$vf0xyz" or "$vi0xyz".  Is that
historical?  I've no problem with keeping it that way, I was just curious.

> I added all tests which are needed to test it and to show that is
> reliable and everything is correct. This increased the patch to 1
> MByte. I know this is big, but I think this is needed for testing it
> correctly.

Yeah, these tests look great, thanks, and were a big help while making
the changes above.

> The VU0 supports vcallmsr only with register $vi27. This is currently
> not checked by the assembler, so other registers can be used. A fix for
> this will be later submitted when I found out how to fix this.

Hmm, probably the best place would be check_completed_insn.  Thanks for
making it a separate patch though.

I'm hoping to commit the patches over the weekend.  I just wanted to reply
earlier than that rather than leave the thread hanging.


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