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From "Artem Aliev" <artem.al...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [drlvm][threadmanager] Fast thread local data access
Date Fri, 20 Oct 2006 11:02:19 GMT

Right now the TM uses vm helper approach for the fast TLS access.
See vm/thread/src/thread_helpers.cpp:
fast_tls_func* get_tls_helper(hythread_tls_key_t key);

It looks reasonable for performance, to divide it in two part,
get_tls_pointer_accesor() and get_tls_storage_offset().

First one is already implemented but not added to interface:

  *  Generates tmn_self() call.
  *  The code should not contains safepoint.
  *  The code uses and doesn't restore eax register.
  *  @return tm_self() in eax register
char* gen_hythread_self_helper(char *ss) {
#ifdef FS14_TLS_USE
    //ss = mov(ss,  eax_opnd,  M_Base_Opnd(fs_reg, 0x14));
    *ss++ = (char)0x64;
    *ss++ = (char)0xa1;
    *ss++ = (char)0x14;
    *ss++ = (char)0x00;
    *ss++ = (char)0x00;
    *ss++ = (char)0x00;
    ss = call(ss, (char *)hythread_self);
    return ss;

It will be also good to make order on TLS usage

1. refactor HyThread->jit_private_data, to be usual TSL data.
2. add hythread_get_tls_suspend_request_offset function for JIT
back-branch polling.
3. refacor vm_get_gc_thread_local() to use hythread TLS directly.

I'm looking forward for a patch from you.


On 10/20/06, Mikhail Fursov <mike.fursov@gmail.com> wrote:
> All,
> The TM architecture implies any component that needs to store threadlocal
> data to reserve a slot:
> extern HY_CFUNC IDATA VMCALL hythread_tls_alloc
> PROTOTYPE((hythread_tls_key_t* handle));
> The key can be used to get/set the allocated memory before its freed.
> The problem is that JIT must know the final offset of the memory inside of
> the TLS local struct to emit optimized code. The examples are: BBP, escape
> analyzer, fast-helpers...
> We can solve the task by adding  this method to the TM interface:
> size_t hythread_tls_get_storage_offset(hythread_tls_key_t handle);
> Is it OK?
> If yes, could I do this or anyone else wants to do it by himself?
> --
> Mikhail Fursov

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