[libre-riscv-dev] TLB key for CAM

Jacob Lifshay programmerjake at gmail.com
Wed Mar 27 07:26:52 GMT 2019

On Wed, Mar 27, 2019, 00:17 Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton <lkcl at lkcl.net>

>  except, where the first level TLB comes from the L1 cache of one SMP
> core, the second level TLB would have *multiple* cores so a 4-way bus
> (we're aiming for 4 cores) and only the one L2 cache (with the same
> 4-way bus to/from all 4 cores).
There's a problem with sharing the L2 TLB between cores: the RISC-V
priveleged spec specifies that the page tables of each core are
independently settable and that ASIDs are not necessarily shared between
cores, which implies that a TLB entry from one core would be totally
useless to the other cores and we would be better off with per-core L2
TLBs. That would also make the L2 TLB logic much simpler.


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