[Libre-soc-isa] [Bug 535] setvl/setvli encoding & future reg file expansion

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Tue Dec 1 17:01:52 GMT 2020


--- Comment #5 from Jacob Lifshay <programmerjake at gmail.com> ---
I would expect that the final encoding efficiently support the 2 most common
1. set VL to a constant
mvl = immed1
vl = immed1

2. set VL to a variable
mvl = immed1
vl = min(RA, mvl)
RT = vl

We don't generally need the option to not set mvl or not set vl, since that's
only relevant in very obscure usecases (can't think of any at the moment). I'm
assuming you can just use a mfspr to read vl. Honestly, if vl can only be set
using setvl[i], we can just get rid of mvl entirely, since no other
instructions can increase VL (some can decrease it). If mvl is not visible,
then using `setvl 0, ra, 64` is sufficient to set vl to any supported value for
context switching.

mtspr could be entirely equivalent to `setvl 0, ra, 64` or just not supported
(always traps no matter privilege mode) for writing VL.

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