RFR (S): 8003135: HotSpot inlines and hoists the Thread.currentThread().isInterrupted() out of the loop

John Rose john.r.rose at oracle.com
Thu Dec 13 15:42:45 PST 2012

On Dec 13, 2012, at 4:29 PM, Vladimir Ivanov wrote:

> I'm not very comfortable with memory state management so far, but I don't see how it differs from "fast" fix. Memory graph seems almost the same between these 2 versions. The only difference is that the check of current thread is after the barrier.
> I'll experiment with converting slow call into uncommon trap and see how it works.

As long as there is a non-removable memory barrier (on the relevant memory slice) that dominates the loop backedge, you are good; the loop body will not hoist loads (on that memory slice).  Almost any barrier position will work, I think, as long as it is unconditional in the loop (dominates backedge).

My concern was that (being somehow blinded to your perfectly reasonable membar) the only barrier I could see was buried in the slow call, and that might go away in a strength-reduced loop, for any of a number of reasons.  An uncommon trap would do it, and loop unswitching might do it, maybe.  That is not a problem, though, in either of your fixes.

>> > It seems like your "fast" fix is more robust, for this reason.
I take that back!

>> > Also, it's not your bug, but I'm not convinced that "slow_val = intcon(1)" is correct.  I think another thread could come in and clear the interrupted bit, and this call to the native function could return false.

> Good catch! You are right, there's a window (though it's very small) when another thread can interrupt the thread. I didn't like known_current_thread variable and now I have a reason to completely remove it :-)

It might be a reasonable optimization, but if it can fail, even infrequently, it should be tested, like this:

  boolean tmp = makeSlowCall(...);
  if (tmp == false)  uncommon_trap();
  tmp = true;

It's not clear that the optimization here is worth much, since it only kicks in if there has been a slow call, and surely the extra test would be noise.  The best benefit is that the optimizer can speculate slightly better code after the slow call.  The value of this is unclear.

— John
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