[patch] Detect cache size with -mtune=native
Thu Mar 1 10:06:00 GMT 2007
> > this patch extends -mtune=native to detect the size of the l1 cache and
> > of the cache line, and to pass it to the compiler by params. I have
> > tested this on several machines to that I have access, and the results
> > seem to be correct (but especially the intel way of describing the cache
> > sizes is quite ugly.
> > Bootstrapped & regtested on i686.
> > Zdenek
> > * config/i386/driver-i386.c (describe_cache, detect_caches_amd,
> > decode_caches_intel, detect_caches_intel): New functions.
> > (host_detect_local_cpu): Use detect_caches_amd and
> > detect_caches_intel.
> OK, thanks, just two minor questions.
> > + /* We approximate the effects of associativity by considering the cache to be
> > + (1 - 1/2^assoc) times smaller. */
> Hmm, is this realistic? I know that we don't have page coloring but
> still for continuous arrays we are interested in, the associativity of
> caches should not be major limiting factor..
you are right, it certainly depends on the context; I guess that in
the cache will behave the same way regardless of the associativity, while in
the 1-1/2^assoc factor might be realistic. I will pass the full size of
the cache to gcc for now, if someone implements cache modeling, he may
decide how to deal with it then.
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