[BRIDGE] Unaligned access on IA64 when comparing ethernet addresses

David Miller davem at davemloft.net
Thu Apr 19 13:01:01 PDT 2007

From: Eric Dumazet <dada1 at cosmosbay.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2007 16:14:23 +0200

> On Wed, 18 Apr 2007 13:04:22 -0700 (PDT)
> David Miller <davem at davemloft.net> wrote:
> > 
> > Although I don't think gcc does anything fancy since we don't
> > use memcmp().  It's a tradeoff, we'd like to use unsigned long
> > comparisons when both objects are aligned correctly but we also
> > don't want it to use any more than one potentially mispredicted
> > branch.
> Again, memcmp() *cannot* be optimized, because its semantic is to compare bytes.
> memcpy() can take into account alignement if known at compile time, not memcmp()
> http://lists.openwall.net/netdev/2007/03/13/31

I was prehaps thinking about strlen() where I know several
implementations work a word at a time even though it is
a byte-based operation:

#define LO_MAGIC 0x01010101
#define HI_MAGIC 0x80808080
	 sethi	%hi(HI_MAGIC), %o4
	 or	%o4, %lo(HI_MAGIC), %o3
	 sethi	%hi(LO_MAGIC), %o4
	 or	%o4, %lo(LO_MAGIC), %o2
	ld	[%o0], %o5
	sub	%o5, %o2, %o4
	andcc	%o4, %o3, %g0
	be,pt	%icc, 8b
	 add	%o0, 4, %o0

I figured some similar trick could be done with strcmp() and

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