CHA for interfaces in C2 compiler

Vitaly Davidovich vitalyd at
Thu Apr 16 10:24:14 UTC 2015

I'd argue that the cacheline fetch is more of an issue when not dealing
with array iteration but with the "islands" I was referring to earlier.  In
the array iteration scenario, the actual method invoked may be less
expensive than the type check.  Yes, the branch will be predicted and all,
but that's still extra code that will execute, extra entry in the BTB, etc.

Maybe you guys aren't convinced, but do realize that there's plenty of code
out there with the "one impl of an interface loaded" situation.  Every
small efficiency gain counts, IMO.

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On Apr 16, 2015 2:56 AM, "John Rose" <john.r.rose at> wrote:

> The real cost of the type check is a cache line fetch. In this case you
> have a bunch of objects whose code is the same method(s) and data fields
> are the only way to vary the behavior. So almost any plausible application
> of this pattern will need the same cache line as the data fields.
> We have yet to see a convincing use case for this CHA (THA) case.  I put
> some code in the VM to support this once but we never needed it and it was
> removed.
> (Another opt with a similar flavor would be support for the singleton
> pattern.)
> – John
> > On Apr 15, 2015, at 8:05 PM, Vitaly Davidovich <vitalyd at>
> wrote:
> >
> > That would certainly be a place where removing the type check would be
> beneficial
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