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SubjectRe: [PATCH] 2.5.1-pre5: per-cpu areas
On Tue, Mar 19, 2002 at 11:02:09AM +1100, Rusty Russell wrote:
> In message <20020318083511.A19810@wotan.suse.de> you write:
> > On Sun, Mar 17, 2002 at 06:17:32PM +1100, Rusty Russell wrote:
> > > On Fri, 15 Mar 2002 10:13:09 +0100
> > > Andi Kleen <ak@suse.de> wrote:
> > >
> > > > On Fri, Mar 15, 2002 at 03:07:27PM +1100, Rusty Russell wrote:
> > > > > They must return an lvalue, otherwise they're useless for 50% of cases
> > > > > (ie. assignment). x86_64 can still use its own mechanism for
> > > > > arch-specific per-cpu data, of course.
> > > >
> > > > Assignment should use an own macro (set_this_cpu()) or use per_cpu().
> > >
> > > So, we'd have "get_this_cpu(x)" and "set_this_cpu(x, y)". So far, so good.
> > >
> > > struct myinfo
> > > {
> > > int x;
> > > int y;
> > > };
> > >
> > > static struct myinfo mystuff __per_cpu_data;
> > >
> > > Now how do we set mystuff.x on this CPU?
> >
> > set_this_cpu(mystuff.x, y) could be eventually supported properly, it just
> > needs compiler work (and before that can use address calculation & reference)
>
> I think the effort would be better spent on teaching the compiler
> about these special variables, and how to do efficient assignments on
> them.

That would be the idea. gcc would learn how to use the %gs segment prefix
(similar to the equivalent feature in Windows compilers). The only
drawback is that it still cannot easily load the address except if you
define some silly convention (like a pointer to the segment base being
always stored at the segment base address)

But it is a lot of work to teach gcc about the multiple address spaces...

-Andi
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