[coreboot] [PATCH] [v3] Fix ROM caching on Via C7

Marc Jones marcj303 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 6 17:31:18 CET 2009

On Tue, Jan 6, 2009 at 7:39 AM, Myles Watson <mylesgw at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 6, 2009 at 4:52 AM, Corey Osgood <corey.osgood at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Tested and working on hardware :D
> Great job!
> As I read your patch I wondered if there's a good reason to disable
> caching.  Can we just take out the #ifdefs?  Or maybe make it an
> Acked-by: Myles Watson <mylesgw at gmail.com>
> Thanks,
> Myles

I think that we need to examine this for all the CPUs. In a legacy
BIOS all the runtime code will be in memory, so caching the ROM is
only need prior to memory setup. That is not the case for coreboot
because we have the XIP printk and LAR code. We should use one MTRR
for caching the ROM. So MTRR for ROM caching is setup by the CPU
specific CAR code and then later in normal MTRR setup we add an MTRR
that will support XIP for the rest of POST and payload loading. There
are two minor drawbacks to doing this.

1. You use an MTRR that could be used by the OS. No big deal, there
are more than enough MTRRs for every confguration I can think of.

2. You might use cache space for ROM code that will fetch slowly and
might only run once. This is no longer a problem with large L2 and L3
caches. Even on Geode it should be ok. Also, the ROM shouldn't be
accessed once the OS loads.

The last thing is if the ROM should be cached read-only or
write-through. If set RO, flashrom will need to be MTRR aware and set
it to WT when writing ROMs.


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