[constant-folding] More indy experiments

Maurizio Cimadamore maurizio.cimadamore at oracle.com
Thu May 11 09:47:02 UTC 2017

On 11/05/17 05:41, Tagir Valeev wrote:
> Hello, Maurizio!
> Thank you for your answers!
>     As for (2) - the extra boxing you are observing is caused by the
>     fact that Intrinsic.invokedynamic is not (yet) a polymorphic
>     signature method (note that the polysig annotation is mentioned in
>     the JEP). When it will be, boxing will disappear. But I think that
>     if we go down the polysig path, then an explicit cast for the
>     return type would be necessary (as it is for i.e.
>     MethodHandle.invokeExact).
> I'm not aware about concrete implementation details in javac, but from 
> an outsider point of view it should be doable. For normal generic 
> return value javac is capable to automatically insert proper checkcast 
> bytecode after call. The same type exactly should be used as 
> MethodType return type for polysig invokedynamic if explicit cast is 
> absent.
Doable yes - but note that it would require a spec change - as per JDK 
8, the declaration of a polysignature method is only allowed to return 
Object. If there's no cast, Object is the return type you get (unless 
you are in a statement expression, in which case you get void), so to 
get any other return type you need to insert a cast expression, which 
will be interpreted by javac as a signal that you want to change the 
return type of the underlying MethodType CP entry associated with the 
polysig call. This is the status quo; I believe the idea of using return 
type inference floated around at the time JDK 7 was developed, and I 
think that one of the concerns in making return type inference more 
magic was that if the return type is inferred as in a generic method 
call, then there's a chance that your underlying signature might not be 
stable in the face of subtle changes to the inference algorithm.

Note also that JEP 193 (VarHandles) [1] updated the rules for 
polymorphic signature methods, allowing non-polymorphic return types 
into the mix, which might also play a factor here.

> With best regards,
> Tagir Valeev.

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