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Re: [PATCH 1/3] New generic sincosf

On Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 8:24 AM, Joseph Myers <> wrote:
> On Fri, 15 Dec 2017, H.J. Lu wrote:
>> On Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 7:48 AM, Joseph Myers <> wrote:
>> > On Fri, 15 Dec 2017, H.J. Lu wrote:
>> >
>> >> > glibc is build with -fmerge-all-constants, so constants should already be
>> >> > shared at link time; making constants hidden would be relevant only for
>> >> > arrays, not for individual floating-point numbers (and if the individual
>> >> > constants aren't put in appropriate sections with link-time merging, it's
>> >> > probably because not doing so is more efficient on a particular
>> >> > architecture).
>> >>
>> >> What do you suggest for x86-64 to avoid array duplication?
>> >
>> > Well, a followup patch to refactor the arrays into hidden variables would
>> > be reasonable once the sincosf patch is in - but it would need
>> > benchmarking to make sure it doesn't adversely affect performance.
>> Do you have any suspicions to indicate that hidden array may be
>> slower than local one to access?
> On some architectures, GCC uses section anchors for access to variables
> defined in the same source file.  In such cases, moving the arrays to
> being hidden and defined separately means that the address of each array
> needs to be loaded separately because the offsets between different
> variables are no longer known when the source files using them are being
> compiled, whereas if defined in each source file, a function accessing
> multiple arrays could load the anchor address and them compute all the
> other addresses with small offsets from it.

This won't show up on x86.

> You should be able to avoid that problem by putting all the data in a
> single structure, as done in e_exp2f_data.c, rather than separate hidden
> variables.

Good to know.

I have no objections now.  I will prepare a patch after s_sincosf.c is checked



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