[coreboot] [RFC] Getting CAR to work on P6 family; Port SECC P6 L2 cache initialization code to where?

anders@jenbo.dk anders at jenbo.dk
Sun May 9 09:19:23 CEST 2010

I have two Deschutes and a 1ghz PIII that I would happily test your code on.

Mvh Anders

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Fra: "Joseph Smith" <joe at settoplinux.org>
Dato: søn., maj 9, 2010 07:45
Emne: [coreboot] [RFC] Getting CAR to work on P6 family; Port SECC P6 L2 cache 	initialization code to where?
Til: "Keith Hui" <buurin at gmail.com>
Cc: <coreboot at coreboot.org>

On 05/09/2010 01:33 AM, Keith Hui wrote:
> Hi all, this is a RFC.
> While Joseph, Idwer and myself convened on IRC for the past two days
> trying to get CAR working on the P6 family of CPUs, we found that -
> The Intel CAR code works as is on Tualatin cores, L2 cache fully enabled
> The same code works for me on a Katmai, but only L1 cache is enabled
> This code does not boot at all for Idwer who also has a Katmai, and
> has stumped everyone
> We need to port a piece of long code from coreboot v1 that initializes
> the off-chip L2 cache found on Klamath/Deschutes/Katmai CPUs.
> They are respectively models 63x,65x and 67x.
> 16k of L1 is enough. We're only using 4k for CAR on Intel.
> It was written in C. I looked at the OEM BIOS for P2B-LS and L2 is
> initialized from the "inner BIOS", like the RAM stage of coreboot,
> when RAM is fully up and running. This means this can go into
> model_6xx_init(), which is prefereable as I just need to make enough
> adjustments to make it work again.
> Joseph OTOH suggests that I should port this code into
> cache_as_ram.inc which is much earlier, actually before motherboard
> romstage. This code is assembly, meaning I'll need to port this thing
> back to assembly.
> Question is: Where should I port this code to? CPU driver, or cache_as_ram.inc?
Hmm, I guess it does not really need to be done in cache_as_ram if the 
16k is large enough to get things going.

So if it would be easier I would suggest early in model_6*x_init(). 
Especially if the vendor bios enables it post raminit.

Joseph Smith

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