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SubjectRe: [PATCH v1] powerpc/64: Set default CPU in Kconfig

On Thu, Dec 15, 2022 at 09:42:02PM +0100, Pali Rohár wrote:
> On Wednesday 07 December 2022 14:38:40 Christophe Leroy wrote:
> > default "power8" if POWER8_CPU
> > default "power9" if POWER9_CPU
> > default "power10" if POWER10_CPU
> > + default "e500mc64" if E5500_CPU
> Now I'm looking at this change again... and should not E5500_CPU rather
> enforce -mcpu=e5500 flag? I know that your patch moves e500mc64 flag
> from the Makefile to Kconfig, but maybe it could be changed in some
> other followup patch...
> Anyway, do you know what is e500mc64 core? I was trying to find some
> information about it, but it looks like some unreleased freescale core
> which predates e5500 core.

It looks that way yes. It was submitted at
and committed as <>. It looks as if
it was based on the e500mc core, while e5500 is a new core (or
significantly different anyway).

> ISA (without extensions like altivec) seems
> to be same for e500mc64, e5500 and e6500 cores and difference is only
> pipeline definitions in gcc config files. So if my understanding is
> correct then kernel binary compiled with any of these -mcpu= flag should
> work on any of those cores. Just for mismatches core binary will not be
> optimized for speed.

It appears the E500MC64 never made it outside of FSL, so it is best not
to use it at all, imo.


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