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CTR, Cache Type Register

The CTR characteristics are:

Purpose

Provides information about the architecture of the caches.

Configuration

AArch32 System register CTR bits [31:0] are architecturally mapped to AArch64 System register CTR_EL0[31:0] .

Attributes

CTR is a 32-bit register.

Field descriptions

The CTR bit assignments are:

313029282726252423222120191817161514131211109876543210
RES1RES0DICIDCCWGERGDminLineL1IpRES0IminLine

Bit [31]

Reserved, RES1.

Bit [30]

Reserved, RES0.

DIC, bit [29]

Instruction cache invalidation requirements for instruction to data coherence. The meaning of this bit is:

DICMeaning
0b0

Instruction cache invalidation to the Point of Unification is required for instruction to data coherence.

0b1

Instruction cache cleaning to the Point of Unification is not required for instruction to data coherence.

IDC, bit [28]

Data cache clean requirements for instruction to data coherence. The meaning of this bit is:

IDCMeaning
0b0

Data cache clean to the Point of Unification is required for instruction to data coherence, unless CLIDR.LoC == 0b000 or (CLIDR.LoUIS == 0b000 && CLIDR.LoUU == 0b000).

0b1

Data cache clean to the Point of Unification is not required for instruction to data coherence.

CWG, bits [27:24]

Cache writeback granule. Log2 of the number of words of the maximum size of memory that can be overwritten as a result of the eviction of a cache entry that has had a memory location in it modified.

A value of 0b0000 indicates that this register does not provide Cache writeback granule information and either:

  • The architectural maximum of 512 words (2KB) must be assumed.
  • The Cache writeback granule can be determined from maximum cache line size encoded in the Cache Size ID Registers.

Values greater than 0b1001 are reserved.

Arm recommends that an implementation that does not support cache write-back implements this field as 0b0001. This applies, for example, to an implementation that supports only write-through caches.

ERG, bits [23:20]

Exclusives reservation granule. Log2 of the number of words of the maximum size of the reservation granule that has been implemented for the Load-Exclusive and Store-Exclusive instructions.

A value of 0b0000 indicates that this register does not provide Exclusives reservation granule information and the architectural maximum of 512 words (2KB) must be assumed.

Values greater than 0b1001 are reserved.

DminLine, bits [19:16]

Log2 of the number of words in the smallest cache line of all the data caches and unified caches that are controlled by the PE.

L1Ip, bits [15:14]

Level 1 instruction cache policy. Indicates the indexing and tagging policy for the L1 instruction cache. Possible values of this field are:

L1IpMeaning
0b00

VMID aware Physical Index, Physical tag (VPIPT)

0b01

ASID-tagged Virtual Index, Virtual Tag (AIVIVT)

0b10

Virtual Index, Physical Tag (VIPT)

0b11

Physical Index, Physical Tag (PIPT)

The value 0b01 is reserved in Armv8.

The value 0b00 is permitted only in an implementation that includes ARMv8.2-PIPTV, otherwise the value is reserved.

Bits [13:4]

Reserved, RES0.

IminLine, bits [3:0]

Log2 of the number of words in the smallest cache line of all the instruction caches that are controlled by the PE.

Accessing the CTR

Accesses to this register use the following encodings:

MRC{<c>}{<q>} <coproc>, {#}<opc1>, <Rt>, <CRn>, <CRm>{, {#}<opc2>}

coprocopc1CRnCRmopc2
0b11110b0000b00000b00000b001
if PSTATE.EL == EL0 then
    UNDEFINED;
elsif PSTATE.EL == EL1 then
    if EL2Enabled() && !ELUsingAArch32(EL2) && HSTR_EL2.T0 == '1' then
        AArch64.AArch32SystemAccessTrap(EL2, 0x03);
    elsif EL2Enabled() && ELUsingAArch32(EL2) && HSTR.T0 == '1' then
        AArch32.TakeHypTrapException(0x03);
    elsif EL2Enabled() && !ELUsingAArch32(EL2) && HCR_EL2.TID2 == '1' then
        AArch64.AArch32SystemAccessTrap(EL2, 0x03);
    elsif EL2Enabled() && ELUsingAArch32(EL2) && HCR.TID2 == '1' then
        AArch32.TakeHypTrapException(0x03);
    else
        return CTR;
elsif PSTATE.EL == EL2 then
    return CTR;
elsif PSTATE.EL == EL3 then
    return CTR;
              


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