Software conventions

Article: PhysX87: Software Deficiency
By: Paul A. Clayton (, July 21, 2010 7:52 am
Room: Moderated Discussions
? ( on 7/21/10 wrote:
>There are two options of how to design a pipelined version of a CPU:
>1. Maintain full compatibility between the pipelined and non-pipelined versions,
>even for all the unlikely corner-cases such as intense self-modifying code. The
>two CPUs give mathematically identical results in all possible cases.
>2. Do not maintain full compatibility. One specimen of this approach are the transitions
>from 8086 to 286 to 386 to 486 etc.
>I was mainly talking about case (1).
>From a historical perspective, highly pipelined x86 CPUs appeared after the non-pipelined
>ones. The idea you are advocating here is in contradiction with this, because the
>instruction set of the older CPUs had (=past) no idea about pipelining. Of course,
>now (=present) that we can see "the bigger picture", anyone going to design a non-pipelined
>CPU will be wise to add some pipeline-management instructions to the instruction
>set, just in case if there will be a pipelined version. But in case of old CPU designs
>and old codes, you cannot travel back in time to 1970-ties.

I think most modern architects would define not using the appropriate synchronization directive as generating UNDEFINED results. Requiring stores into code space to be explicitly indicated (e.g., use an instruction-encoded code segment selection) could help with self-modifying code. (Unfortunately, some software developers seem to take the attitude that 'it seems to work on my system' is equivalent to 'it works'. [Obviously, there are times when one must introduce a 'bug' to work around an implementation bug, and there are times when the implementation is the only thing which defines the behavior, i.e., the published specifications are inadequate.])

Note that most software also assumes that generic memory is not 'volatile'--even registers can be volatile if one allows interrupts (or certain debugging circuitry). Software conventions are usually considered sufficient to guard against undesirable behavior in this area. (I seem to recall that one MIPS ABI defined two 'volatile' registers for use of system software.)

By the way, I thought recent x86 cores caught all self-modifying code--yes there is a performance penalty, but Architecture is defined as timing-independent--and that one of the early processors had an unsnooped instruction stream buffer (the original 8086?).

Paul A. Clayton
Just a technophile!
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