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From "Zhiguo Ge (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (HARMONY-5955) Jitrino does not reclaim some unused memory units during the course of native code generation
Date Tue, 19 Aug 2008 11:05:44 GMT
Jitrino does not reclaim some unused memory units during the course of native code generation

                 Key: HARMONY-5955
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HARMONY-5955
             Project: Harmony
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: DRLVM
    Affects Versions: 5.0M6
         Environment: Windows XP
            Reporter: Zhiguo Ge
            Priority: Minor
             Fix For: 5.0M6

The CodeEmitter::emitCode( void ) function will generate native code from LIR without solving
the target addresses of branch instructions.  The codepack() function in Jitrino will resolve
the target addresses and make native code smaller.  Less momory units are required for storing
the native code after codepack() . However, Jitrino still allocates more than enough memory
units for storing the native code.  

The following is an example of Java source code. 

static MapEntry successor(MapEntry x) {
      if (x.right != null)
            return minimum(x.right);
        MapEntry y = x.parent;
        while (y != null && x == y.right) {
            x = y;
            y = y.parent;
        return y;

    static MapEntry minimum(MapEntry x) {
        if(x.left != null)
            x = x.left;
        return x;

A portion of the output native code by codepack() function is as follows:

03B20337  nop              
03B20338  xchg        ax,ax 
03B2033A  call        0764035F 
03B2033F  add         esp,4 
03B20345  pop         esi  
03B20346  pop         ebp  
03B20347  pop         ebx  
03B20348  ret         0Ch  
03B2034B  add         esp,4 
03B20351  pop         esi  
03B20352  pop         ebp  
03B20353  pop         ebx  
03B20354  ret         0Ch  
03B20357  add         byte ptr [eax],al 
03B20359  pop         esi  
03B2035A  pop         ebp  
03B2035B  pop         ebx  
03B2035C  ret         0Ch  
03B2035F  add         esp,4 
03B20365  pop         esi  
03B20366  pop         ebp  
03B20367  pop         ebx  
03B20368  ret         0Ch  

The instructions from 03B20357  to 03B20368  are not used by any places while they still occupy
memory entries. 
Our patch is to make Jitrino allocate exact demanded size of memory units for storing generated
native code.  Experiment result shows 
3.4% memory requirement reduction for the example shown above. 

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