Re: gcc inlining heuristics was Re: [PATCH -v7][RFC]: mutex: implement adaptive spinning

From: Nick Piggin
Date: Wed Jan 21 2009 - 03:52:42 EST

On Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 09:54:02AM +0100, Andi Kleen wrote:
> > GCC 4.3.2. Maybe i missed something obvious?
> The typical use case of restrict is to tell it that multiple given
> arrays are independent and then give the loop optimizer
> more freedom to handle expressions in the loop that
> accesses these arrays.
> Since there are no loops in the list functions nothing changed.
> Ok presumably there are some other optimizations which
> rely on that alias information too, but again the list_*
> stuff is probably too simple to trigger any of them.

Any function that does several interleaved loads and stores
through different pointers could have much more freedom to
move loads early and stores late. Big OOOE CPUs won't care
so much, but embedded and things (including in-order x86)
are very important users of the kernel.

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