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SubjectRe: [rfc 37/45] x86_64: Support for fast per cpu operations
David Miller wrote:
>> There was, at some point, discussion about using the gcc TLS mechanism,
>> which should permit even better code to be generated. Unfortunately, it
>> would require gcc to be able to reference %gs instead of %fs (and vice
>> versa for i386), which I don't think is available in anything except
>> maybe the most cutting-edge version of gcc.
>
> You can't use __thread because GCC will cache __thread computed
> addresses across context switches and cpu changes.
>
> It's been tried before on powerpc, it doesn't work.

OK, that pretty much answers that question.

-hpa
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