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SubjectRe: copy-bit macro
On 11 Dec 1997, Stefan Monnier wrote:

> Date: 11 Dec 1997 17:59:10 -0500
> From: Stefan Monnier
<monnier+lists/linux/kernel/news/@TEQUILA.SYSTEMSZ.CS.YALE.EDU>
> To: linux-kernel@vger.rutgers.edu
> Newsgroups: lists.linux.kernel
> Subject: Re: copy-bit macro
>
> "Theodore Y. Ts'o" <tytso@MIT.EDU> writes:
> > (1 << OUT_FLAG_NUMBER) : 0") both involve an assembly language
> > conditional jump instruction, which is expensive, because it involves
> > pipeline stalls, etc.
>
> Has it been measured ? I know that branch prediction is not 100%, but
> I'm just trying to make sure we're not trying to solve a non-problem (if the
> prediction works well, then the jump costs 0 (zero) cycles).

386/486 processors have branch prediction?

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