Unsafe.{get,put}-X-Unaligned; Efficient array comparison intrinsics

Paul Sandoz paul.sandoz at oracle.com
Mon Mar 9 16:59:37 UTC 2015

On Mar 9, 2015, at 5:04 PM, Andrew Haley <aph at redhat.com> wrote:

> On 03/09/2015 03:10 PM, Paul Sandoz wrote:
>> Do you want to tackle the single-address access methods as a follow up issue?
> It's not clear to me that we need any single-address access methods
> because we can pass in a null object.  Personally I would prefer that.
> Thoughts?

I agree that would be desirable. 

I know that people rely on that behaviour for off-heap CAS etc, but i was wondering about such behaviour given that the base and offset should, as documented, be derived from an object/staticFieldBase and objectFieldOffset/staticFieldOffset respectfully. Are there subtle differences? I looked at the C2 code and it seems the results might be equivalent but i cannot say the same for C1 from quickly eyeballing the code.

e.g. LibraryCallKit::inline_unsafe_access:

if (!is_native_ptr) {
  // The base is either a Java object or a value produced by Unsafe.staticFieldBase
  Node* base = argument(1);  // type: oop
  // The offset is a value produced by Unsafe.staticFieldOffset or Unsafe.objectFieldOffset
  offset = argument(2);  // type: long
  // We currently rely on the cookies produced by Unsafe.xxxFieldOffset
  // to be plain byte offsets, which are also the same as those accepted
  // by oopDesc::field_base.
  assert(Unsafe_field_offset_to_byte_offset(11) == 11,
         "fieldOffset must be byte-scaled");       <----- weird assertion
  // 32-bit machines ignore the high half!
  offset = ConvL2X(offset);
  adr = make_unsafe_address(base, offset);
  heap_base_oop = base;
  val = is_store ? argument(4) : NULL;
} else {
  Node* ptr = argument(1);  // type: long
  ptr = ConvL2X(ptr);  // adjust Java long to machine word
  adr = make_unsafe_address(NULL, ptr);
  val = is_store ? argument(3) : NULL;


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