Special ASM branches named valhalla

Maurizio Cimadamore maurizio.cimadamore at oracle.com
Thu Jul 24 23:48:28 UTC 2014

On 24/07/14 23:43, Remi Forax wrote:
> On 07/25/2014 12:28 AM, John Rose wrote:
>> On Jul 24, 2014, at 3:23 PM, Remi Forax <forax at univ-mlv.fr 
>> <mailto:forax at univ-mlv.fr>> wrote:
>>> I want to change the name of a method,
>>> I should not need to fold and unfold an unerased type.
>> I agree, which is why I think we should replace CONSTANT_Utf8 and/or 
>> CONSTANT_Class constants by structured CONSTANT_Signature constants. 
>>  They can remain opaque and "all folded up" to most visitors.
> Ok, got it, you don't want any side table for the unerased signature,
> in that case I think that only the descriptor should be a 
> CONSTANT_Signature.
>>  The net impact on constant pool parsing is probably positive, since 
>> the overall byte-size of the CP will go down due to structure sharing.
> yes.

When I worked on my reified JVM prototype, I used custom attributes to 
map unerased signatures in a structural way (see section 4.2.1 in [1]). 
The reuse is very good indeed - think of multiple instantiation of same 
generic type i.e. List<String>, List<Integer> - here you have that base 
type for List can be reused and both String and Integer are probably in 
the CP already, so that encoding both could, in most cases be done 
through in two very small entries consisting of 2 CP indexes each (one 
for the base type, one for the type parameter). If you then need 
List<List<String>> and the likes, savings start be pile up considerably 
- i.e. only two indexes for that one too (given that both base type List 
and type-argument List<String> already exist).

[1] - http://amsdottorato.unibo.it/2476/

>> — John
> Rémi

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