On Monday, December 16, 2013 11:50:14 am Luigi Rizzo wrote:
> Is it ok in kernel code to use __builtin_prefetch() and assume that
> all supported compilers will do the right thing for all architectures ?
> I am asking is because I need to use prefetch() in a small number
> of places in my netmap code, and nothing in our kernel sources uses
> __builtin_prefetch() directly.  In the (very few, mostly 10G drivers)
> cases where prefetch() is used the drivers redefine the function
> themselves as some inline asm() or an empty
>       #define prefetch(x)
> This also happens in many places in the linux kernel, for what matters
> (relevant because hte netmap kernel code also needs to compile there).
> Anyways, so far in the netmap code i have followed the established
> practice but my (re)definition of prefetch() in netmap_kern.h
> clashes with some in the individual drivers, so I'd rather
> find a better way.

Hmmmm, have you considered using a 'netmap_prefetch' macro or the like?  You 
can likely just use __builtin_prefetch() on FreeBSD I think, but that might
also let you avoid collisions on Linux as well.  I think you can use 
__builtin_prefetch(), I'm just not sure, and it's kind of ugly to see 
__builtin_*() in code directly IMHO.

John Baldwin
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