[Libre-soc-isa] [Bug 560] big-endian little-endian SV regfile layout idea

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Tue Jan 5 03:40:40 GMT 2021


--- Comment #62 from Jacob Lifshay <programmerjake at gmail.com> ---
(In reply to Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton from comment #56)
> (In reply to Jacob Lifshay from comment #55)
> > (In reply to Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton from comment #53)
> > > (In reply to Alexandre Oliva from comment #50)
> > > > do you see now why it doesn't make sense that the conversion from BE to LE
> > > > (or vice versa) places the MSByte in the LSByte?
> > > 
> > > deep breath: it doesn't matter if it "makes sense", it's what the actual
> > > code - the simulator, the HDL of microwatt and the HDL of Libre-SOC -
> > > actually do.
> > 
> > Yes, and Alexandre and I are saying that the CPU should be changed for the
> > software reasons explained previously:
> the hardware is already so complex and this introduces another dimension of
> complexity that it is going to be one of those things that is simply not a
> good idea to continue discussing for implementation at this time.
> changes involving the register files are, as you have noted many times
> already, where i put my foot down and say "no" due to the inherent
> complexity involved in even beginning to assess, starting from the
> discussion and escalating from there.

Note that the HW implementation I proposed in comment #55 would require a
5-input mux on ALU pipelines inputs/outputs and a 2-input mux on register R/W

Using a slight variation (busses and result latches always in LE, ALUs byteswap
differently to compensate) of that design that I haven't completely thought
through, it can be reduced to a 4-input mux on ALU pipelines inputs/outputs and
no mux on the registers.

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