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PL310_L2CC component

This section describes the PL310_L2CC component.

PL310_L2CC - about

This LISA+ component is a model of an ARM® PrimeCell Level 2 Cache Controller (PL310).

The presence of additional on-chip secondary cache can improve performance when significant memory traffic is generated by the processor. A secondary cache assumes the existence of a Level 1, or primary, cache that is closely coupled or internal to the processor.

This component has two modes of operation:

  • Register view: cache control registers are present but the cache behavior is not modeled.
  • Functional model: cache behavior is modeled.

The cache-state_modelled parameter controls the mode of operation.

ARM supports the use of the PL310 when connected to the ARM Cortex-A5 or Cortex-A9 processor.

PL310_L2CC - ports

This section describes the ports.

Table 4-121 PL310_L2CC ports

Name Protocol Type Description
pvbus_s PVBus Slave Slave port for connection to PV bus master/decoder
pvbus_m PVBus Master Master port for connection to PV bus master/decoder
DECERRINTR Signal Master Decode error received on master port from L3
ECNTRINTR Signal Master Event counter overflow / increment
ERRRDINTR Signal Master Error on L2 data RAM read
ERRRTINTR Signal Master Error on L2 tag RAM read
ERRWDINTR Signal Master Error on L2 data RAM write
ERRWTINTR Signal Master Error on L2 tag RAM write
L2CCINTR Signal Master Combined interrupt output
PARRDINTR Signal Master Parity error on L2 data RAM read
PARRTINTR Signal Master Parity error on L2 tag RAM read
SLVERRINTR Signal Master Slave error on master port from L3

PL310_L2CC - parameters

This section describes the parameters.

Table 4-122 PL310_L2CC parameters

Name Type Allowed values Default value Description
ASSOCIATIVITY Integer 0 (8-way), 1 (16-way) 0 Associativity for auxiliary control register
CACHEID Integer 0-63 0 Cache controller cache ID
cache-state_modelleda Boolean true, false false Specifies whether real cache state is modeled (vs. register model)
CFGBIGEND Integer 0, 1 0 Big-endian mode for accessing configuration registers out of reset
LOCKDOWN_BY_LINEb Integer 0, 1 0 Lockdown by line
LOCKDOWN_BY_MASTERc Integer 0, 1 0 Lockdown by master
REGFILEBASE Integer 0-0xfffff000 0x1f002000 Base address for accessing configuration registers
WAYSIZE Integer 0-7 1 Size of ways for auxiliary control register

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PL310_L2CC - registers

This section describes the registers.

Table 4-123 PL310_L2CC registers

Name Offset Access Description
CacheID 0x000 Read only r0 cache ID
CacheType 0x004 Read only r0 cache type
Ctrl 0x100 Read/write r1 control
AuxCtrl 0x104 Read/write r1 auxiliary control
TagLatencyCtrld 0x108 Read/write r1 tag RAM latency control
DataLatencyCtrld 0x10C Write only r1 data RAM latency control
EventCounterCtrld 0x200 Read/write r2 event counter control
EventCounter1CfgTopicd 0x204 Write only r2 event counter 1 configuration
EventCounter0Cfgd 0x208 Read/write r2 event counter0 configuration
EventCounter1d 0x20C Read/write r2 event counter 1 value
EventCounter0d 0x210 Read/write r2 event counter 0 value
InterruptMask 0x214 Read/write r2 interrupt mask
MaskedInterruptStatus 0x218 Read only r2 masked interrupt status
RawInterruptStatus 0x21C Read only r2 raw interrupt status
InterruptClear 0x220 Write only r2 interrupt clear
CacheSyncd 0x730 Read/write r7 cache sync
InvalidateByPA 0x770 Read/write r7 invalidate line by PA
InvalidateByWay 0x77C Read/write r7 invalidate by way
CleanByPA 0x7B0 Read/write r7 clean line by PA
CleanByIdxWay 0x7B8 Read/write r7 clean line by index or way
CleanByWay 0x7BC Read/write r7 clean by way
CleanInvalByPA 0x7F0 Read/write r7 clean and invalidate line by PA
CleanInvalByIdxWay 0x7F8 Read/write r7 clean and invalidate line by index or way
CleanInvalByWay 0x7FC Read/write r7 clean and invalidate by way
DataLockdown0 0x900 Read/write r9 data lockdown 0 by way
InstructionLockdown0 0x904 Read/write r9 instruction lockdown 0 by way
DataLockdown1 0x908 Read/write r9 data lockdown 1 by way
InstructionLockdown1 0x90C Read/write r9 instruction lockdown 1 by way
DataLockdown2 0x910 Read/write r9 data lockdown 2 by way
InstructionLockdown2 0x914 Read/write r9 instruction lockdown 2 by way
DataLockdown3 0x918 Read/write r9 data lockdown 3 by way
InstructionLockdown3 0x91C Read/write r9 instruction lockdown 3 by way
DataLockdown4 0x920 Read/write r9 data lockdown 4 by way
InstructionLockdown4 0x924 Read/write r9 instruction lockdown 4 by way
DataLockdown5 0x928 Read/write r9 data lockdown 5 by way
InstructionLockdown5 0x92C Read/write r9 instruction lockdown 5 by way
DataLockdown6 0x930 Read/write r9 data lockdown 6 by way
InstructionLockdown6 0x934 Read/write r9 instruction lockdown 6 by way
DataLockdown7 0x938 Read/write r9 data lockdown 7 by way
InstructionLockdown7 0x93C Read/write r9 instruction lockdown 7 by way
LockdownByLineEnable 0x950 Read/write r9 lockdown by line enable
UnlockAll 0x954 Read/write r9 unlock all lines by way
AFilterStartd 0xC00 Read/write r12 address filtering start
AFilterEndd 0xC04 Read/write r12 address filtering end
DebugControld 0xF40 Read/write r15 debug control register

PL310_L2CC - debug features

This component exports the PL310 registers by CADI.

PL310_L2CC - verification and testing

This component has been run against the RTL validation suite and passes for supported features. It has also been tested with operating system booting in both normal and exclusive modes, and has successfully been used in validation platforms.

PL310_L2CC - performance

The performance of this component depends on the configuration of the associated L1 caches and the mode it is in.

  • Register mode: no significant affect.
  • Functional mode with functional-mode L1: the addition of a functional L2 cache has minimal further impact on performance when running applications that are cache-bound.
  • Functional mode with a register-mode L1: there is a significant impact on system performance.

PL310_L2CC - functionality

This component implements the programmer visible functionality of the PL310, and excludes some non-programmer visible features.

PL310_L2CC - hardware features present

This component reproduces many features of the hardware.

  • Physically addressed and physically tagged.
  • Lockdown format C supported, for data and instructions. Lockdown format C is also known as way locking.
  • Lockdown by line supported.
  • Lockdown by master ID supported.
  • Direct mapped to 16-way associativity, depending on the configuration and the use of lockdown registers. The associativity is configurable as 8 or 16.
  • L2 cache available size can be 16KB to 8MB, depending on configuration and the use of the lockdown registers.
  • Fixed line length of 32 bytes (eight words or 256 bits).
  • Supports all of the AXI cache modes:
    • write-through and write-back.
    • read allocate, write allocate, read and write allocate.
  • Force write allocate option to always have cacheable writes allocated to L2 cache, for processors not supporting this mode.
  • Normal memory non-cacheable shared reads are treated as cacheable non-allocatable. Normal memory non-cacheable shared writes are treated as cacheable write-through no write-allocate. There is an option, Shared Override, to override this behavior.
  • TrustZone support, with the following features:
    • Non-Secure (NS) tag bit added in tag RAM and used for lookup in the same way as an address bit.
    • NS bit in Tag RAM used to determine security level of evictions to L3.
    • Restrictions for NS accesses for control, configuration, and maintenance registers to restrict access to secure data.
  • Pseudo-Random victim selection policy. You can make this deterministic with use of lockdown registers.
  • Software option to enable exclusive cache configuration.
  • Configuration registers accessible using address decoding in the component.
  • Interrupt triggering in case of an error response when accessing L3.
  • Maintenance operations.
  • Prefetching capability.

PL310_L2CC - hardware features absent

This component does not model some features of the hardware. Most of them are not relevant from a PV modeling point of view.

  • There is no interface to the data and tag RAM as they are embedded to the model.
  • Critical word first linefill not supported, as this is not relevant for PV modeling.
  • Buffers are not modeled.
  • Outstanding accesses on slave and master ports cannot occur by design in a PV model as all transactions are atomic.
  • Option to select one or two master ports and option to select one or two slave ports is not supported. Only one master port and one slave port is supported.
  • Clock management and power modes are not supported, as they is not relevant for PV modeling.
  • Wait, latency, clock enable, parity, and error support for data and tag RAMs not included, as this is not relevant for PV modeling, and the data and tag RAMs embedded in the model cannot generate error responses.
  • MBIST support is not included.
  • Debug mode and debug registers are not supported.
  • Test mode and scan chains are not supported.
  • L2 cache event monitoring is not supported.
  • Address filtering in the master ports is not supported.
  • Performance counters are not supported.
  • Specific Cortex-A9 related optimizations are not supported: Prefetch hints, Full line of zero and Early write response.
  • Hazard detection is not required because of the atomic nature of the accesses at PV modeling and the fact that buffers are not modeled, thus hazards cannot occur.

Registers belonging to features not implemented are accessible but do not have a functionality.

PL310_L2CC - hardware features different

This component handles some features differently to the hardware.

  • Error handling. DECERR from the master port is mapped to SLVERR. Internal errors in cache RAM (like parity errors) cannot happen in the model.
  • Background cache operations do not occur in the background. They occur atomically.
  • The LOCKDOWN_BY_LINE and LOCKDOWN_BY_MASTER parameter values are reflected in the CacheType register, but the feature is not switched off when the parameter is 0.

One feature is additional.

  • Data RAM and Tag RAM are embedded to the model.

Enabling this parameter might affect performance.


Value is reflected in CacheType register bit 25, but the feature is not switched off when the parameter is 0.


Value is reflected in CacheType register bit 26, but the feature is not switched off when the parameter is 0.

d Operation of this register is not functionally modeled.