Opened 5 years ago

Closed 4 years ago

Last modified 4 years ago

#9863 closed feature request (fixed)

Provide PowerPC 64 bit native code generator

Reported by: trommler Owned by:
Priority: normal Milestone: 8.0.1
Component: Compiler Version: 7.8.3
Keywords: Cc: PHO, erikd
Operating System: Linux Architecture: powerpc64
Type of failure: None/Unknown Test Case:
Blocked By: Blocking:
Related Tickets: Differential Rev(s): Phab:D629
Wiki Page:


I have started work on a native code generator for PowerPC 64 bit by extending the 32 bit code generator. The code is hosted on github:

So far I plan to support the old ELF v1.9 ABI on big endian. I might look into little endian and ELF 2.0 later.

Change History (9)

comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by trommler

Differential Rev(s): Phab:D629
Status: newpatch

comment:2 Changed 5 years ago by PHO

Cc: PHO added

comment:3 Changed 5 years ago by erikd

Cc: erikd added

comment:4 Changed 4 years ago by trommler

I have a first attempt at an ELF v2 implementation in my github repository:

comment:5 Changed 4 years ago by trommler

I updated Phab:D629 and we now have both ABIs, ELF 1.9 (big endian) and ELF 2 (little endian).

comment:6 Changed 4 years ago by trommler

Owner: trommler deleted

comment:7 Changed 4 years ago by Ben Gamari <ben@…>

In d3c1dda60d0ec07fc7f593bfd83ec9457dfa7984/ghc:

Implement PowerPC 64-bit native code backend for Linux

Extend the PowerPC 32-bit native code generator for "64-bit
PowerPC ELF Application Binary Interface Supplement 1.9" by
Ian Lance Taylor and "Power Architecture 64-Bit ELF V2 ABI Specification --
OpenPOWER ABI for Linux Supplement" by IBM.
The latter ABI is mainly used on POWER7/7+ and POWER8
Linux systems running in little-endian mode. The code generator
supports both static and dynamic linking. PowerPC 64-bit
code for ELF ABI 1.9 and 2 is mostly position independent
anyway, and thus so is all the code emitted by the code
generator. In other words, -fPIC does not make a difference.

rts/stg/SMP.h support is implemented.

Following the spirit of the introductory comment in
PPC/CodeGen.hs, the rest of the code is a straightforward
extension of the 32-bit implementation.

* Code is generated only in the medium code model, which
  is also gcc's default
* Local symbols are not accessed directly, which seems to
  also be the case for 32-bit
* LLVM does not work, but this does not work on 32-bit either
* Must use the system runtime linker in GHCi, because the
  GHC linker for "static" object files (rts/Linker.c) for
  PPC 64-bit is not implemented. The system runtime
  (dynamic) linker works.
* The handling of the system stack (register 1) is not ELF-
  compliant so stack traces break. Instead of allocating a new
  stack frame, spill code should use the "official" spill area
  in the current stack frame and deallocation code should restore
  the back chain
* DWARF support is missing

Fixes #9863

Test Plan: validate (on powerpc, too)

Reviewers: simonmar, trofi, erikd, austin

Reviewed By: trofi

Subscribers: bgamari, arnons1, kgardas, thomie

Differential Revision:

GHC Trac Issues: #9863

comment:8 Changed 4 years ago by bgamari

Resolution: fixed
Status: patchclosed

Well done trommler!

comment:9 Changed 4 years ago by thoughtpolice


Milestone renamed

Note: See TracTickets for help on using tickets.