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SubjectRe: [patch 02/12] Immediate Values - Architecture Independent Code
On Mon, 28 Sep 2009 21:54:45 +0200
Andi Kleen <> wrote:

> > btw just to add to this:
> > caches are unified code/data after L1 in general... it then does not
> > matter much if you encode the "almost constant" in the codestream or
> > slightly farther away, in both cases it takes up cache space.
> It does take up cache space, but when it's embedded in the instruction
> stream the CPU has it usually already prefetched (CPUs are very good
> at prefetching instructions). That's often not the case
> with arbitary data accesses like this.

this makes me wonder what happens when a variable is used in multiple
places... that makes the icache overhead multiply right?

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