RFR: JDK-8213199: GC abstraction for Assembler::needs_explicit_null_check()

Erik Österlund erik.osterlund at oracle.com
Wed Nov 7 10:37:00 UTC 2018

Hi Andrew,

Thanks for digging that up.


On 2018-11-07 11:31, Andrew Dinn wrote:
> On 06/11/18 17:45, Andrew Dinn wrote:
>> Could you point me at some place in the compiler where narrow oop loads
>> are done using a decode_not_null on the assumption that a load of a null
>> value that gets translated to a low heap_base address will be caught and
>> corrected by a check initiated from the signal handler?
> I'll answer that myself:
> The magic happens in opto/compile.cpp and the controlling predicate to
> search for is gen_narrow_oop_implicit_null_checks which itself relies on
> Matcher::narrow_oop_use_complex_address defined in opto/matcher.hpp.
> n.b. the ad file for a given architecture can control this feature by
> how it defines method narrow_oop_use_complex_address.
> regards,
> Andrew Dinn
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