[PATCH] drm/amd/display: Limit DCN to x86 arch
deathsimple at vodafone.de
Sat May 20 08:13:33 UTC 2017
Am 19.05.2017 um 22:28 schrieb Harry Wentland:
> On 2017-05-19 04:18 PM, Dave Airlie wrote:
>> On 20 May 2017 at 05:36, Harry Wentland <harry.wentland at amd.com> wrote:
>>> On 2017-05-19 11:02 AM, Christian König wrote:
>>>> Am 19.05.2017 um 16:01 schrieb Harry Wentland:
>>>>> DCN bw calcs currently rely on the following gcc options:
>>>>> -mhard-float -msse -mpreferred-stack-boundary=4
>>>> Mhm, price question: Why does DCN rely on the gcc options?
>>> Tony and Dmytro can probably provide more info here but my
>>> understanding is
>>> that DCN bandwidth calcs requires floating point support. This code
>>> pretty much straight from hardware teams with a guarantee that the
>>> output is
>>> If we were to rewrite bandwidth calculations that guarantee would
>>> fly out the window, which means when there's a bandwidth bug we cannot
>>> easily get HW support unless we can prove that our calculations
>>> yield the
>>> exact same results in all cases as HWs formula. Covering all
>>> scenarios that
>>> bandwidth calcs covers would be quite an extensive undertaking and
>>> I'm sure
>>> we'd miss important cases.
>> Is this only going to happen for X86 APUs? Using floating point in the
>> kernel requires
>> a lot of care to be taken, are we doing it properly?
> This case would be only for AMD X86 APUs, although I wouldn't be
> surprised if we'd see something similar for discrete ASICs in the future.
Ok, that makes at least a bit more sense. On APUs we obviously know
exactly what CPU we have.
> Are you aware of anyone using our GPUs on non-X86 architectures? If
> so, I never heard of it.
Yeah, there are actually quite a number of people. That's one of the
reasons why we still have a bunch of "#ifdef __BIG_ENDIAN" in the amdgpu
> I realize this is raising a lot of concern. I was concerned myself
> when I first saw this. Beside calling kernel_fpu_begin() and
> kernel_fpu_end() are there other things to watch out for?
Yeah, especially setting "-msse" is rather questionable. As far as I
know on 64bit systems it is the default, but on 32bit systems that could
silently break some assumptions.
Additional to that as far as I know "-msse" is just for optimization and
that isn't performance critical code, so why exactly do we need it?
>> Really rewriting the calcs in fixed point is the best option, maybe
>> push back on
>> the hardware team to have a fixed point version created.
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