Re: [PATCH GIT 0.6] make use of register variables & size_t

From: Bodo Eggert <>
Date: Tue Apr 26 2005 - 13:22:21 EST

Matthias-Christian Ott <matthias.christian@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> And if you think "register" variables are outdated, please remove the
> CONFIG_REGPARM option from the Kernel source.

Register variables are outdated because they hinder the compiler from
optimizing by taking away 1/7 of the usable registers on x86. Use six
register variables and you're back to a accumulator-machine.
Use -O2 or -Os instead, the compiler is smarter than you.

The regparm calling convention will change the
load value -> store value on stack -> call sequence into
load value -> call -> store if needed
Obviously the second form can be better optimized than the first one.
Therefore it's a gain instead of a loss.

If you really want to help the compiler, look for something like repeated
pointer dereference or access to global variables and cache them in block-
local variables (pointers, int and uint only, even for caching chars).
Beware of volatile variables, and don't forget to look at the assembler code.
The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.

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