Bug 463549 - [LTC 6.0 FEAT] 201047:Change GCC default to -mcpu=power4
[LTC 6.0 FEAT] 201047:Change GCC default to -mcpu=power4
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Classification: Red Hat
Component: gcc (Show other bugs)
ppc64 All
high Severity high
: beta
: 6.0
Assigned To: Jakub Jelinek
Michal Nowak
: FutureFeature
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Blocks: 356741 513487 554559
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Reported: 2008-09-23 17:01 EDT by IBM Bug Proxy
Modified: 2013-03-07 21:04 EST (History)
7 users (show)

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Fixed In Version: gcc-4.4.1-22.el6
Doc Type: Enhancement
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Last Closed: 2010-07-02 15:06:22 EDT
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Update TARGET_DEFAULT to default to power4 (1.92 KB, text/plain)
2009-03-03 12:11 EST, IBM Bug Proxy
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Description IBM Bug Proxy 2008-09-23 17:01:35 EDT
=Comment: #1=================================================
Emily J. Ratliff <emilyr@us.ibm.com> - 2008-09-17 12:53 EDT
1. Feature Overview:
Feature Id:	[201047]
a. Name of Feature:	Change GCC default to -mcpu=power4
b. Feature Description
Change GCC default it  -mcpu=power4 for both -m32 and -m64. GCC already defaults
to -mtune=power4, but using -mcpu allows GCC to use the full ISA v2.0
instruction set.

2. Feature Details:
Sponsor:	PPC

Arch Specificity: Purely Arch Specific Code
Affects Toolchain: Yes
Delivery Mechanism: Direct from community
Category:	Toolchain
Request Type:	Configuration/Build Change
d. Upstream Acceptance:	No Code Required
Sponsor Priority	1
f. Severity: High
IBM Confidential:	no
Code Contribution:	no
g. Component Version Target:	A small patch will be provided to change the gcc
defaults from the FSF defaults to more appropriate the 'Enterprise' defaults
Performance Assistance:	yes

3. Business Case
Current Enterprise distros only supports 64-bit POWER4 or newer processors. But
the gcc default for ppc32 is -mpu=common (compatible back 10 years to the 601
chip) and for ppc64 is -mcpu=powerpc64 (compatible back to the original ISA
v1.01). These defaults mean that packages built for Enterprise Distros are not
optimal for the hardware it runs on.     There is no need to support
compatibility with these older processor because they are not supported.

Package and Applications will perform better with minimum effort.

4. Primary contact at Red Hat: 
John Jarvis

5. Primary contacts at Partner:
Project Management Contact:
Michael Hohnbaum, hbaum@us.ibm.com, 503-578-5486

Technical contact(s):
Steven Munroe, sjmunroe@us.ibm.com
Peter Bergner, bergner@us.ibm.com

IBM Manager:
Alexander Johnson, acjohnso@us.ibm.com
Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2008-10-02 15:44:34 EDT
Probably simplest to just change the default flags we use. Assigning to redhat-rpm-config. We'd want to get this done before the alpha.
Comment 2 John Jarvis 2008-10-28 17:43:22 EDT
Switching Severity from Urgent to High.  Urgent should be reserved for problems that need to be fixed asynch.
Comment 3 IBM Bug Proxy 2009-03-03 12:11:59 EST
Created attachment 333899 [details]
Update TARGET_DEFAULT to default to power4

------- Comment (attachment) From bergner@vnet.ibm.com 2009-03-03 12:08 EDT-------

This patch changes the default -mcpu option (not the default -mtune option!) to power4 by changing the
TARGET_DEFAULT value to the power4 flags.

	* config/rs6000/default64.h: Add _DEFAULT64_H ifndef/define/endif block.
	(TARGET_DEFAULT): Move inside #ifndef _DEFAULT64_H.  Add MASK_PPC_GPOPT
	and MASK_MFCRF flags.
	* config/rs6000/linux64.h: Add _DEFAULT64_H ifndef/endif block.
	(ASM_DEFAULT_SPEC) <#ifdef DEFAULT_ARCH64_P>: Redefine to -mpower4.
	(ASM_DEFAULT_SPEC) <#else DEFAULT_ARCH64_P>: Redefine to -mpower4.
Comment 4 Bill Nottingham 2009-03-27 13:30:34 EDT
Moving to gcc, if that's where they'd preferred it patched.
Comment 8 Jakub Jelinek 2009-12-08 16:52:22 EST
gcc.spec has:
%if 0%{?rhel} >= 6
%ifarch ppc ppc64
        --with-cpu-32=power4 --with-tune-32=power6 --with-cpu-64=power4 --with-tune-64=power6 \
since 4.4.1-22.el6.  For QA, if you run gcc with -v, you can see the -mtune= and -mcpu= options passed to cc1.
Comment 11 IBM Bug Proxy 2010-05-03 13:43:42 EDT
------- Comment From bergner@vnet.ibm.com 2010-05-03 13:33 EDT-------
Verified in RHEL6 Beta 1.
Comment 12 releng-rhel@redhat.com 2010-07-02 15:06:22 EDT
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Beta 2 is now available and should resolve
the problem described in this bug report. This report is therefore being closed
with a resolution of CURRENTRELEASE. You may reopen this bug report if the
solution does not work for you.

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