Help with SH2E -O2 instruction ordering with volatile

Oleg Endo
Sun Dec 20 07:28:00 GMT 2015

On Sun, 2015-12-20 at 06:41 +0000, Alex Brown wrote:

> I know the code is somewhat weird ;-)
> Basically peripheral.e wants the address of a null terminated string 
> (not the char value).
> My "platform/emulator" will use DMA to extract the string from RAM 
> before the next instruction is executed.
> The issue is that at the time the address is assigned to peripheral.e 
> is seems the values of the text array have not yet been written to 
> the stack (or that's what I thing I am seeing).
> Making "text" volatile makes it output code that makes sense to me.

Ah, that's the other thing I thought you might mean.  It seems that the
same reordering happens on other architectures, too.  So this is not
exactly SH specific.

Just because "peripheral" is volatile doesn't mean that all the loads
and stores around it automatically become volatile.  The compiler
doesn't know that there is some transitivity going on.

Depending on your DMA circumstances, you might need a bit more than
that.  For example the below code seems to do what you'd want in this

#define memory_barrier() do { asm volatile ("" : : : "memory"); } while (0)

update(unsigned a, int x, int y, char c, unsigned color, unsigned char size)
  char text[2] = { c, 0};
  peripheral.a = a;
  peripheral.b = x;
  peripheral.c = y;
  peripheral.d = color;

  memory_barrier ();

  peripheral.e = (unsigned)text;



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