cvs commit: src/lib/libthr/arch/alpha/alpha _curthread.c

John Baldwin jhb at
Wed Jul 30 12:34:26 PDT 2003

On 24-Jul-2003 Marcel Moolenaar wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 24, 2003 at 05:00:13PM -0400, John Baldwin wrote:
>> There is a chicken and egg problem.  We use the unique value to
>> initialize the per-cpu pointer on kernel entry.  We only have one
>> such beast, and in the kernel we cache it in a register that userland
>> gets to clobber (and frequently does).  If you can think of a better
>> way to store the per-cpu pointer such that kernel entry can load it
>> into the register go for it.
> I see where the confusion is:
>>         pcpup = (struct pcpu *) alpha_pal_rdval();
>                               ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> This is not the per-CPU unique value. I had to add alpha_pal_rdunique()
> in order to access it. In numbers:
> PAL_rdval = PAL_OSF1_rdval = 0x0032
> PAL_rdunique = 0x009e
> PAL_rdval is a privileged operation PAL_rdunique isn't.

Ah, ok.  Confusion on my part then, sorry.  Didn't have my Brown Book
handy. :-P
> There is no fundamental problem (although my alpha does reboot
> when I run a 1:1-threaded application, so there is a problem :-)

Heh.  Thanks for working on the Alpha thread stuff.


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