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SubjectRe: [x86] Unify semaphore_32.S and rwlock_64.S
On Wed, 20 Jan 2010, H. Peter Anvin wrote:

> > No I just saw it. Linus first patch increases the 64/32 bit separation by
> > creating yet another 64 bit specific file. Can we avoid that and have
> > code that is shared as much as possible between 32 and 64 bit?
> The ABI is completely different between 32 and 64 bits. The stubs avoid
> keeping track of *those* differences in each and every inline. It might
> be possible with macros, but there is something that really is very
> different: for x86-32, there are only three function-clobbered
> registers, which we pretty much need to use anyway. For x86-64, there
> are a lot more -- which means that each callsite would end up having gcc
> generate save/restore code that would be in the fast path. Linus' patch
> pushes that into the slow path, which seems significantly better to me.

That does not seem to be such a problematic thing to solve.

> > Why have a rwsem_count_t when a simple long would do in both cases? Just
> > make sure that long is consistently used.
> The motivation for rwsem_count_t seemed to be making it easier to switch
> over. I leave it up to Linus to motivate the typedef... I have to say,
> though, that using a typedef also tells you want the number is for.

I thought we discourage such typedefs?

> > __downgrade_write: Why use the inc trick instead of the add
> > like in 32 bit? There is not much difference and it results in much
> > stabler code.
> Because you can't do an add with a 64-bit immediate! Yes, we could have
> loaded it into a register, but that would have required an additional
> 10-byte(!) instruction for no good reason.

Well 2^32 readers is a bit large anyways. If we are satisifed with 2^30
(only a billion) then it works with the same code.

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