Re: FOR REVIEW: New x86-64 vsyscall vgetcpu()

From: Andi Kleen <>
Date: 2006-06-17 00:56:40
On Friday 16 June 2006 14:36, Zoltan Menyhart wrote:
> Just to make sure I understand it correctly...
> Assuming I have allocated per CPU data (numa control, etc.) pointed at by:
> 	void *per_cpu[MAXCPUS];

That is not how user space TLS works. It usually has a base a register.

> Assuming a per CPU variable has got an "offset" in each per CPU data area.
> Accessing this variable can be done as follows:
> 	err = vgetcpu(&my_cpu, ...);
> 	if (err)
> 		goto ....
> 	pointer = (typeof pointer) (per_cpu[my_cpu] + offset);
> 	// use "pointer"...
> It is hundred times more long than "__get_per_cpu(var)++".

14 cycles is not a 100 times longer.

> My idea is to map the current task structure at an arch. dependent
> virtual address into the user space (obviously in RO).
> 	#define current	((struct task_struct *) 0x...)

This means it cannot be cache colored (because you would need a static
offset) and you couldn't share task_structs on a page.

Also you would make task_struct part of the userland ABI which
seems like a very very bad idea to me. It means we couldn't change
it anymore.

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