OpenJDK7 port to the little endian PowerPC64

Lindenmaier, Goetz goetz.lindenmaier at
Tue Mar 4 13:42:52 PST 2014

Hi Sasha,

yes, this is better as it get’s rid of all the #includes.
I’m basically fine with the changes.

Nevertheless I would like to put it out for RFR on the hotspot-dev
mailing lists.  I’m sure there will be comments to it that require changes.
And I would like to push the same/similar change to 7u as to 8/9.

So could you please send a RFR for the abi change and after that for
this one? The abi change will probably be easy, as it’s ppc only.

In the meanwhile I will have a closer look at this one.

Thanks and best regards,

From: Alexander Smundak [mailto:asmundak at]
Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2014 8:29 PM
To: Lindenmaier, Goetz; Volker Simonis
Cc: ppc-aix-port-dev at
Subject: Re: OpenJDK7 port to the little endian PowerPC64

The second revision of the Hotspot patch to support little-endian PowerPC64 running Linux has been uploaded to
Compared to the previous revision, this one is much smaller as the patch to support ELFv2 ABI has been submitted (thanks, Goetz!). It addresses the reviewers' comments.
Please take a look.

On Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 5:52 PM, Alexander Smundak <asmundak at<mailto:asmundak at>> wrote:
> I would propose to split the hotspot change into the fixes for the
> new abi and those for the endianess. The abi changes are almost ppc-only
> and thus easier to get reviewed. I prepared a change including only
> that:
Thank you for doing this. Your patch works, and the remaining patch is
much smaller.
My only question is why it was necessary to have explicit
#include "macroAssembler_ppc.inline.hpp"
in src/cpu/ppc/vm/vm_version_ppc.cpp as  "assembler_ppc.inline.hpp"
which is one line above, already does that.

> Please have a look at this change and test it.  . Feel free to further
> change it.  If the change is ok for you I'll push it right away
Yes, please do.

I've addressed your remaining comments and will post revised diff once
you submit elfv2 change and I pull it.
Do you have any comments on jdk/ change?

> For the remaining changes to hotspot it would be great if we could
> avoid all the duplication of files.... I think you just need to change
> arch_model and os_arch_model in platform_ppc64le.
Yes, this works.

> I would prefer if you use VM_LITTLE_ENDIAN to distinguish in C-code

> Did you build and use SA? Does it work? So far, we never tried to.
Yes, I've built it, but it's not very useful until
agent/src/share/classes/sun/jvm/hotspot/runtime/ contains powerpc64-specific
classes. It's not worth putting it into this patch.

> Your change in os_linux.cpp to arch_array looks wrong. As you use
> the same code entry for both ppc64, in the loop below, running_arch_code
> will always point to your new entry.
Fixed that.

> Further I think, the CPU architecture string should be
> #elif defined(PPC64)
> static char cpu_arch[] = "ppc64le";
> #else
> static char cpu_arch[] = "ppc64";
> #endif

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