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SubjectRe: Ideas for reducing memory copying and zeroing times (fwd)
   Date: 	Fri, 19 Apr 1996 09:14:11 +0300 (EET DST)
From: Linus Torvalds <>

No, the fastest, and shortest way to do it is

.. dest in %edi ..
movl $1024,%ecx
xorl %eax,%eax
rep; stosl

Which is in fact exactly how linux does it..

Not on the Pentium, it isn't. This is: FPU state...expensive, but cheap compared to clearing 4K bytes...
fstl (%edi)
addl $8, %edi
subl $8, %ecx
jne 1b
...restore FPU state...

(Hint: the above _really_ flies on a PPro. Intel optimized it to do
cache-line accesses, it seems. They did the right thing)

Pity they didn't make it do the right thing on the Pentium...

Robert Krawitz <>

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