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Re: [PATCH] x86-64: Implement strcpy family IFUNC selectors in C

On 06/11/2017 10:21 AM, H.J. Lu wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 11, 2017 at 7:01 AM, Zack Weinberg <> wrote:
>> On 06/11/2017 09:50 AM, H.J. Lu wrote:
>>> Implement strcpy family IFUNC selectors in C.
>>> All internal calls within can use IFUNC on x86-64 since unlike
>>> x86, x86-64 doesn't need to reserve a register to make a PLT call.  For
>>> libc,a, we can't use IFUNC for functions which are called before IFUNC
>>> has been initialized.  Use IFUNC internally reduces the icache footprint
>>> since and other codes in the process use the same implementations.
>>> The patch uses IFUNC for strcpy family functions within libc.
>>> Any comments?
>> I like the idea, but I don't understand ifuncs nearly well enough to
>> comment on your code.  I recall _strenuous_ objections to this concept
>> in the past; please post some performance numbers or something.
> I don't believe there is a benchmark where hot spots are within
> BTW, if there are such benchmarks, I'd love to know.
> The main benefit is to reduce icache footprint at a price of an indirect
> branch via PLT.

Could you maybe produce numbers on the reduced icache footprint?  perf
should be able to capture that...


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