[OpenBIOS] b?branch

Programmingkid programmingkidx at gmail.com
Wed Dec 27 19:32:22 CET 2017

> On Dec 21, 2017, at 6:51 PM, BALATON Zoltan <balaton at eik.bme.hu> wrote:
> On Thu, 21 Dec 2017, Programmingkid wrote:
>>> On Dec 21, 2017, at 12:56 PM, BALATON Zoltan <balaton at eik.bme.hu> wrote:
>>> On Thu, 21 Dec 2017, Jd Lyons wrote:
>>>>> On Dec 21, 2017, at 9:59 AM, Programmingkid <programmingkidx at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>> On Dec 21, 2017, at 9:36 AM, Jd Lyons <lyons_dj at yahoo.com> wrote:
>>>>>> I don’t know, this maybe an issue with the way we have defined “us”.
>>> I'm not sure the us word is related to problems with b?branch but I don't know anything about this other than reading the conversation here. They look unrelated to me but it could well be I did not undersand this at all.
>>>>>> Looking through the SLOF code it seems they call it like this in the timebase.fs:
>>>>>> : tb@  ( -- tb )
>>>>>> BEGIN tbu@ tbl@ tbu@ rot over <> WHILE 2drop REPEAT
>>>>>> 20 lshift swap ffffffff and or
>>>>>> ;
>>>>>> : milliseconds ( -- ms ) tb@ d# 1000 * tb-frequency / ;
>>>>>> : microseconds ( -- us ) tb@ d# 1000000 * tb-frequency / ;
>>>>>> : ms ( ms-to-wait -- ) milliseconds + BEGIN milliseconds over >= UNTIL drop ;
>>>>>> : get-msecs ( -- n ) milliseconds ;
>>>>>> : us  ( us-to-wait -- )  microseconds +  BEGIN microseconds over >= UNTIL  drop ;
>>>>>> Not sure if I can port/hack this code over, the copier seems to have trouble with tbu@ tbl@?
>>>>> The ms and get-msecs words don't appear to be implemented correctly on OpenBIOS. 10000 ms should pause OpenBIOS for 10 seconds. It does not.
>>>>> I did find a function called udelay() in the drivers/timer.c file. Maybe I can implement the word us using udelay(). Then the ms word could be implemented using the us word.
>>>> See what you can do about : us, but we maybe running into an issue with Qemu/mac99. Every version of the Mac OS reports a different bus and cpu speed, so we maybe having trouble with the way the timebase is calculated in Qemu.
>>> I think you have two choices for this:
>>> 1. Either export udelay (or _wait_ticks it's based on) to Forth and implement these words based on that. But this comment in drivers/timer.c:
>> How would I do this?
>>> /*
>>> * TODO: pass via lb table
>>> */
>>> unsigned long timer_freq = 10000000 / 4;
>>> suggests you may need to fix this first to take into accound the actual TB frequency from the CPU instead of some hardcoded value.
>> This would make a good next step.
>>> 2. Alternatively, you could either add new helpers (maybe in arch/ppc/timebase.S) to implement tbl@ and tbu@ which probably should just do mftb and mftbu respectively or export to Forth the already existing _get_ticks which returns these as a combined 64 bit value and derive the lower and upper 32 bits from Forth and then maybe you can use the above implementation from SLOF.
>> It is a possibility.
>> We still need a way to access any new C function from forth. The only thing that I think would work is implementing the us word in a device node, then make another definition of us that is available to the dictionary. If anyone has a way to do this, an example would be great.
> I don't know much about this but looking at the code I think _get_ticks is almost equivalent to tb@ above except that _get_ticks returns tbu@ in %r3 and tbl@ in %r4 but tb@ also combines these into one value. Then you can see e.g. in arch/ppc/qemu/init.c that the bind_func() function is used to make C functions available from Forth. So you could make a C function which calls _get_ticks then combines %r3 and %r4 into a 64bit value (so implements what tb@ does in C) then bind this to tb at . Or bind _get_ticks and implement tb@ calling this and combining the upper and lower values from Forth like above (I think this is what '20 lshift swap ffffffff and or' does but I don't know Forth to tell).
> You'll also need tb-frequency which can be found in the cpu properties (added in arch/ppc/qemu/init.c by reading the correct value from QEMU). SLOF has a function that seems to be called during init but I can't read Forth enough to tell for sure what it actually does:
> \ Fixup timebase frequency from device-tree
> : fixup-tbfreq
>    " /cpus/@0" find-device
>    " timebase-frequency" get-node get-package-property IF
>        2drop
>    ELSE
>        decode-int to tb-frequency 2drop
>    THEN
>    device-end
> ;
> fixup-tbfreq
> But I think this is what sets tb-frequency global value so you'll probably need something similar somewhere (maybe ppc.fs). Then you have tb@ and tb-frequency so the rest should work.
> Now it's your turn to find out how to do this in OpenBIOS.
> Regards,
> BALATON Zoltan

Ok, I figured out how to implement tbu@ and tbl at . The patch is being sent in to the mailing list. Now we can use the same definition for tb@ that SLOF uses. For tb-frequency I think that is simply a constant. It may need to be calculated.

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