Re: [RFC] gcc feature request: Moving blocks into sections

From: H. Peter Anvin
Date: Mon Aug 05 2013 - 14:51:49 EST

On 08/05/2013 11:49 AM, Steven Rostedt wrote:
> On Mon, 2013-08-05 at 11:29 -0700, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
>> Traps nest, that's why there is a stack. (OK, so you don't want to take
>> the same trap inside the trap handler, but that code should be very
>> limited.) The trap instruction just becomes very short, but rather
>> slow, call-return.
>> However, when you consider the cost you have to consider that the
>> tracepoint is doing other work, so it may very well amortize out.
> Also, how would you pass the parameters? Every tracepoint has its own
> parameters to pass to it. How would a trap know what where to get "prev"
> and "next"?

How do you do that now?

You have to do an IP lookup to find out what you are doing.

(Note: I wonder how much the parameter generation costs the tracepoints.)


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