(L) Prelim RFR: 8132510: Replace ThreadLocalStorage with compiler/language-based thread-local variables

Thomas Stüfe thomas.stuefe at gmail.com
Mon Nov 2 11:20:22 UTC 2015

Hi David,

some small changes are needed to make this build and run on AIX. I attached
a patch file with the needed additions.

I did not run any extensive tests on AIX, so I cannot say for sure if this
is stable. We (SAP) also may face some problems later when we port this to
HP-UX, because there, shared libraries using __thread cannot be loaded

So, I admit to some small worries, beside the issue with memory leaks on
older glibc versions. For me, this feels like something which needs tight
compiler/thread library support from the OS, so it makes us vulnerable to
running on older systems (older glibc) or building with outdated compilers.
Therefore it would be nice to have a simple way to re-add the pthread-based
TLS implementation if needed.

Apart from that, I like the patch and think the simplification is good and
worth the effort.

Kind Regards, Thomas

On Mon, Nov 2, 2015 at 7:40 AM, David Holmes <david.holmes at oracle.com>

> bug: https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8132510
> Open webrev: http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~dholmes/8132510/webrev.v2/
> A simple (in principle) but wide-ranging change which should appeal to our
> Code Deletion Engineer's. We implement Thread::current() using a
> compiler/language-based thread-local variable eg:
>  static __thread Thread *_thr_current;
>  inline Thread* Thread::current() {
>    return _thr_current;
>  }
> with an appropriate setter of course. By doing this we can completely
> remove the platform-specific ThreadLocalStorage implementations, and the
> associated os::thread_local_storage* calls, plus all the uses of
> ThreadLocalStorage::thread() and ThreadLocalStorage::get_thread_slow().
> This extends the previous work done on Solaris to implement
> ThreadLocalStorage::thread() using compiler-based thread-locals.
> We can also consolidate nearly all the os_cpu versions of
> MacroAssembler::get_thread on x86 into one cpu specific one ( a special
> variant is still needed for 32-bit Windows).
> As a result of this change we have further potential cleanups:
> - all the src/os/<os>/vm/thread_<os>.inline.hpp files are now completely
> empty and could also be removed
> - the MINIMIZE_RAM_USAGE define (which avoids use of the linux sp-map
> "cache" on 32-bit) now has no affect and so could be completely removed
> from the build system
> I plan to do the MINIMIZE_RAM_USAGE removal as a follow up CR, but could
> add the removal of the "inline" files to this CR if people think it worth
> removing them.
> I have one missing piece on Aarch64 - I need to change
> MacroAssembler::get_thread to simply call Thread::current() as on other
> platforms, but I don't know how to write that. I would appreciate it if
> someone could give me the right code for that.
> I would also appreciate comments/testing by the AIX and PPC64 folk as well.
> A concern about memory-leaks had previously been raised, but experiments
> using simple C code on linux 86 and Solaris showed no issues. Also note
> that Aarch64 already uses this kind of thread-local.
> Thanks,
> David

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