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Re:Another related question Re: [Qemu-devel] Question about softmmu

From: olivier cozette
Subject: Re:Another related question Re: [Qemu-devel] Question about softmmu
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2004 15:15:11 +0100
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  Hello Ye,

>So EIP is just the offset of current instruction.


>When address mapping changes,
>the CS segment register also changes.

The virtual adress is CS+EIP (CS.Base+EIP), this virtual address is translated
to the physical address with the page mapping. In pseudo code, the real address
is PAGE_MAPPING(CS+EIP). So, if the page mapping change the CS stay the same.

>That's why QEMU does not need to flush
>the code. Am I right?

>The reason I'm thinking about this is because I'm implementing QEMU's
>translation method in my ARM simulator which needs to simulate the whole system
>running Linux. In ARM, since PC is just r15, you can access it as a normal
>register and it is the absolute virtual address. So I wonder if I have to flush
>code cache every time page table changes.

I don't know well ARM processor, but i know Alpha, and it's different from the

With x86, the data stored in the data/code cache are stored with the physical
address (page mapping is done between processor and cache), and so the cache
don't need to be flushed when page mapping change (CR3 change).

With alpha (and probably arm), the address stored in cache are the virtual
address (page mapping is done between cache and memory).

But, i presume this difference have no impact with Qemu cache, and it will be
better to don't flush qemu cache.



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