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[PowerPC] Fix issue with inline asm - soft float mode

Authored by spetrovic on Mar 13 2019, 10:37 AM.

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spetrovic created this revision.Mar 13 2019, 10:37 AM
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I really don't like this. It should be possible to mix soft-float, Altivec, VSX, and SPE in the same file using inline asm. I put a check in for SPE codegen specifically to permit inline asm for other floating point models.

What is the motivation for adding this?

I'd like to amend my previous comment: FreeBSD, and I'd guess Linux, too, explicitly builds the kernel with -msoft-float, in order to prevent FPU-consuming optimizations. However, we still need to be able to save and restore FPU context, which requires inline asm (or a completely asm file, not something we want). This change would prevent us being able to do that.

For this example:

int foo ()

double x,y;
__asm__ ("fctiw %0,%1" : "=f"(x) : "f"(y));
return x;


clang throws an assert currently for ppc32 soft float. Gcc reports an error similar as in this patch, as well as clang for arm. If I'm wrong with this approach, could you suggest some other solution.

jhibbits accepted this revision.Mar 27 2019, 8:23 AM

Reading through the diff again, closer, and checking the FreeBSD source, this is acceptable. FreeBSD only uses the base register, and hard-codes register numbers, so doesn't go through float register allocation.

This revision is now accepted and ready to land.Mar 27 2019, 8:23 AM

Can you adjust the summary? This doesn't prevent floating point instructions completely, it only prevents floating point register constraints. The assertion that it prevents all floating point instructions is what I first took issue with, so please make it explicit that this is *only* regarding register constraints.

Sure, I will change summary, thanks for review!

spetrovic edited the summary of this revision. (Show Details)Apr 2 2019, 3:12 AM
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