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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Athlon bug stomper. Pls apply.
>Dan Hollis wrote:
>>
>> On Wed, 19 Sep 2001, Linus Torvalds wrote:
>> > It is _probably_ an undocumented performance thing, and clearing that
>> > bit may slow something down. But it might also change some behaviour,
>> > and knowing _what_ the behaviour is might be very useful for figuring
>> > out what it is that triggers the problem.
>>
>> AFAIK noone has even tested it yet to see what it does to performance! Eg
>> it might slow down memory access so that athlon-optimized memcopy is now
>> slower than non-athlon-optimized memcopy. And if it turns out to be the
>> case, we might as well just use the non-athlon-optimized memcopy instead
>> of twiddling undocumented northbridge bits...
>
>Ok but that part is simple:
>
>run
>
>http://www.fenrus.demon.nl/athlon.c
>

On my non-buggy(*) KT133A board with the 55th register set to 09 I get these results;

Athlon test program $Id: fast.c,v 1.6 2000/09/23 09:05:45 arjan Exp $
clear_page() tests
clear_page function 'warm up run' took 21729 cycles per page
clear_page function '2.4 non MMX' took 13341 cycles per page
clear_page function '2.4 MMX fallback' took 13346 cycles per page
clear_page function '2.4 MMX version' took 15574 cycles per page
clear_page function 'faster_clear_page' took 4965 cycles per page
clear_page function 'even_faster_clear' took 4884 cycles per page

copy_page() tests
copy_page function 'warm up run' took 21294 cycles per page
copy_page function '2.4 non MMX' took 38093 cycles per page
copy_page function '2.4 MMX fallback' took 38270 cycles per page
copy_page function '2.4 MMX version' took 21380 cycles per page
copy_page function 'faster_copy' took 10775 cycles per page
copy_page function 'even_faster' took 11262 cycles per page

Setting the register to 00
Athlon test program $Id: fast.c,v 1.6 2000/09/23 09:05:45 arjan Exp $
clear_page() tests
clear_page function 'warm up run' took 21719 cycles per page
clear_page function '2.4 non MMX' took 13392 cycles per page
clear_page function '2.4 MMX fallback' took 13354 cycles per page
clear_page function '2.4 MMX version' took 15615 cycles per page
clear_page function 'faster_clear_page' took 4963 cycles per page
clear_page function 'even_faster_clear' took 4886 cycles per page

copy_page() tests
copy_page function 'warm up run' took 21033 cycles per page
copy_page function '2.4 non MMX' took 37879 cycles per page
copy_page function '2.4 MMX fallback' took 37938 cycles per page
copy_page function '2.4 MMX version' took 21124 cycles per page
copy_page function 'faster_copy' took 10717 cycles per page
copy_page function 'even_faster' took 11130 cycles per page

In my view these are pretty similar.

(*) - Yes, I did report a buggy KT133A Epox 8KTA/3 board, but the board and processor croaked, and my vendor replaced them with an Epox 8KTA/3 Pro board, and I've had no problems with it so far.

Yours,
-Simen
--
Simen Thoresen, Beowulf-cleaner and random artist - close and personal.

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