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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86: generic versions of find_first_(zero_)bit, convert i386
fwiw there's a way to do ffz / ntz which can do lg(n) conditional moves in 
parallel... i'm not sure what (non-x86) architectures this might be best
on, but it might be a good choice for the generic code... although maybe
the large number of constants required will be a burden on RISC
processors.

take a look at figure 5-17 here http://hackersdelight.org/revisions.pdf

int ntz(unsigned x) {
unsigned y, bz, b4, b3, b2, b1, b0;
y = x & -x; // Isolate rightmost 1-bit.
bz = y ? 0 : 1; // 1 if y = 0.
b4 = (y & 0x0000FFFF) ? 0 : 16;
b3 = (y & 0x00FF00FF) ? 0 : 8;
b2 = (y & 0x0F0F0F0F) ? 0 : 4;
b1 = (y & 0x33333333) ? 0 : 2;
b0 = (y & 0x55555555) ? 0 : 1;
return bz + b4 + b3 + b2 + b1 + b0;
}
-dean


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