JDK 10 RFR(S): 8173465: Introduce NearLabel for branches known to be short.

Lindenmaier, Goetz goetz.lindenmaier at sap.com
Tue Feb 14 09:38:56 UTC 2017

Hi Vladimir,

For forward branches the branch instruction is decided on before 
the Label is fixed.
Sometimes the decision which branch instruction to use must 
be taken far down a call chain. You would have to pass down a 
boolean flag 'useShortBranch' all the call chain.

See emit_typecheck_helper in c1_LIRAssembler_s390.cpp http://hg.openjdk.java.net/jdk10/hs/hotspot/file/df8746afee77/src/cpu/s390/vm/c1_LIRAssembler_s390.cpp

It gets a label from emit_opTypeCheck which can point to a stub entry.
This label is in some cases passed down
to check_class_subtype_fast_path.  In other cases, a local label is 
passed to this functions. We know for the local label the short
branch will suffice, not so for the label coming from extern.
So we use NearLable for the local one.
Check_class_subtype_fast_path passes the label on to a
s390 optimized branch emitter compare64_and_branch, which 
then sees whether it's a NearLabel and uses the short branch.

Best regards,

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vladimir Kozlov [mailto:vladimir.kozlov at oracle.com]
> Sent: Dienstag, 14. Februar 2017 00:21
> To: Lindenmaier, Goetz <goetz.lindenmaier at sap.com>; 'hotspot-compiler-
> dev at openjdk.java.net' <hotspot-compiler-dev at openjdk.java.net>
> Subject: Re: JDK 10 RFR(S): 8173465: Introduce NearLabel for branches known
> to be short.
> I assume you are talking about hand written assembler code snippets (stubs,
> etc.)
> Usually we use appropriate short branch instructions for short forward
> distance (and there is assert which check that it is correct). For back branches
> we do it automatically depending on distance.
> So why you need special NearLabel for s390? Can you just have general short
> branch macroassembler method for this?
> Thanks,
> Vladimir
> On 1/30/17 2:57 AM, Lindenmaier, Goetz wrote:
> > Hi
> >
> > please review this small optimization of Labels.
> > This so far targets s390, but could be used on other platforms as well.
> > I please need a sponsor.
> > http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~goetz/wr17/8173465-
> NearLbl/webrev.01/index.html
> >
> > Some branches issued to assembly code are obviously of short distance.
> Due to separation into shared and platform code this not always is known
> when the branch instruction is selected.
> > NearLabels indicate that a branch with short reach can be used.
> >
> > Best regards,
> >   Goetz
> >

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