Saving VFP registers for arm interrupt functions

Hey everyone,

Currently, interrupt attributes on ARM do not save the VFP registers on Non-M class CPUs: “If VFP operations are needed, that state must be saved manually” ( At TI, based on customer feedback, we would like to allow users to change this behavior.

Preliminary thoughts is to add a new interrupt_save_ fp attribute that will change the behavior to save D0-D16, FPEXC, and FPSCR. From a codegen side, this change can probably be implemented by manually adding some instructions in the ARMFrameLowering::spillCalleeSavedRegisters, or similar to CMSE, add a pseudo-instruction.

This email is to try and get feedback around:

  • Design implementation, if anyone has thoughts on best ways to implement this
  • Existing functionality that is similar, (either in other architectures or in ARM) that can be used to model this feature (CMSE is currently the closest thing I have found)
  • Upstreamability – if possible, what would this feature have to look like to get upstreamed.


Jake Vossen