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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] Introduce nodemask_t ADT [0/7]
    On Mon, Mar 22, 2004 at 05:12:43PM -0800, Paul Jackson wrote:
    > I'm not trying to get on your case, Bill, for not creating and applying
    > more various cpumask functions. Rather I am looking for ways to make
    > that API easier for others to use and use well. If the situations that
    > passed about temporary cpumasks can be collapsed into single calls that
    > are more efficient, then that is one way to make progress on this.
    > Taking masks to be a struct of an array of unsigned longs seems to come
    > pretty close. The sparc64 arch would want to pass a pointer to this
    > apparently, rather than the struct itself - faster for them. Some other
    > smaller archs would _not_ want to pass a pointer, but rather the (one
    > word, for them) value - avoids a dereference for them. In arch specific
    > code, each arch can choose which way works best for them. I need to
    > identify any generic code where these preferences collide.

    I generally like the idea of the arches getting their choice here (heck,
    even wrt. representation; e.g. some arch might want an array of cpuid
    numbers and not a bitmap at all due to extremely sparse cpuid's or some
    such nonsense). The asm-generic stuff was largely a question of
    reducing diffsize, preemptive code consolidation, etc.

    I don't believe normal C (i.e. sans typedef) will allow needed
    ambiguities that make UP/small SMP/etc. compile things out nicely, but
    if you can get the requirement of the stuff totally compiling out
    dropped or do it in normal C somehow, go for it. I'd call it a cleanup.

    -- wli
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