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Date: Fri, 24 May 2013 19:02:56 +0530
From: Ronak <>
Subject: Re: AMD GCN ISA development

While trying to align .isa in the inner elf of .elf, I had this thought,
how kernel is going to run, if we decide to update .il and .isa
simultaneously, such that each update will be different. With this, we have
inconsistent kernel. Now two questions need to be asked..
** which update will actually run
**  Updating both files, will it add to the flexibility of optimizing
opencl kernels.


On Wed, May 22, 2013 at 1:16 AM, Dániel Bali <>wrote:

> Hello!
> 2013/5/21 Solar Designer <>
>> Why don't we use a hack, at least initially: simply generate a large
>> enough (inner) ELF for a dummy kernel, and be replacing its contents?
>> Since our actual code size will need to be smaller in all cases, we'll
>> simply pad it with zeroes or whatever.  Would this work?
> This was a great idea, thanks!
> I created a long kernel (turns out it's optimized pretty well, so I had to
> generate random OpenCL code that uses the input so it won't be predictable
> and it won't be optimized out). The GCN part ended up 2184 bytes long, but
> this is something we can change.
> Then I pasted the original binary to the place of the newly generated one
> and put NOPs at the end. It now works just the way the original binary
> worked but we can add/change arbitrary code as long as its under 2184 bytes
> long. Here is the new binary:
> The inner elf starts at 0x18301. Inside the inner elf the GCN code section
> starts at 0x4d36. (So globally it starts at 0x1d037)
> I will now try to figure out realhet's code. I might need to refresh my
> Pascal skills a bit.
> Regards,
> Daniel

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