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Re: [PATCH 4/4] S390: Implement mempcpy with help of memcpy. [BZ #19765]

On Thu, May 5, 2016 at 9:34 AM, Adhemerval Zanella
<> wrote:
>> On May 5, 2016, at 11:45, H.J. Lu <> wrote:
>> On Thu, May 5, 2016 at 7:15 AM, Adhemerval Zanella
>> <> wrote:
>>>> On 05/05/2016 10:37, H.J. Lu wrote:
>>>> On Wed, May 4, 2016 at 1:58 PM, Adhemerval Zanella
>>>> <> wrote:
>>>>>> On 04/05/2016 17:51, Wilco Dijkstra wrote:
>>>>>> Adhemerval Zanella wrote:
>>>>>>> But my point is all the architectures which provide an optimized mempcpy is
>>>>>>> though either 1. jump directly to optimized memcpy (s390 case for this patchset),
>>>>>>> 2. clonning the same memcpy implementation and adjusting the pointers (x86_64) or
>>>>>>> 3. using a similar strategy for both implementations (powerpc).
>>>>>> Indeed, which of those are used doesn't matter much.
>>>>>>> So for this change I am proposing compiler support won't be required because both
>>>>>>> memcpy and __mempcpy will be transformed to memcpy + s.  Based on assumption that
>>>>>>> memcpy is fast as mempcpy implementation I think there is no need to just add
>>>>>>> this micro-optimization to only s390, but rather make is general.
>>>>>> GLIBC already has this optimization in the generic string header, it's just that s390 wants
>>>>>> to do something different again. As long as GCC isn't fixed this isn't possible to support
>>>>>> s390 without this header workaround. And we need GCC to improve so things work
>>>>>> better for all the other C libraries...
>>>>> But the current one at string/string.h is only enabled with !defined _HAVE_STRING_ARCH_mempcpy,
>>>>> so if a port actually adds a mempcpy one it won't be enabled.  What I am trying to argue it
>>>>> to just remove the !defined _HAVE_STRING_ARCH_mempcpy and enable it as default for all
>>>>> ports.
>>>> Please don't enable it for x86.  Calling memcpy means we have to
>>>> save and restore 2 registers for no good reasons.
>>> Yes, direct call will require save and restore the size for further add
>>> and this is true for most architectures.  My question is if does this
>>> really matter in currently GLIBC internal usage and on programs that
>>> might use it compared against the burden of keeping the various
>>> string*.h header in check for multiple architectures or adding this
>>> logic (mempcpy transformation to memcpy) on compiler.
>> What burden? There is nothing to do in glibc for x86.  GCC can
>> inline mempcpy for x86.
> In fact I am objecting all the bits GLIBC added on string*.h that only adds complexity for some micro-optimizations. For x86 I do agree that transforming mempcpy to memcpy is no the best strategy.
> My rationale is to avoid add even more arch-specific bits in installed headers to add such optimizations.

I believe most of those micro-optimizations belong to GCC, not glibc.
Of course, we should keep the existing ones for older GCCs.  We
should avoid adding new ones.


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