[BRIDGE] Unaligned access on IA64 when comparing ethernet addresses

Eric Dumazet dada1 at cosmosbay.com
Thu Apr 19 13:29:28 PDT 2007

David Miller a écrit :
> 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
>  ...
> 8:
> 	ld	[%o0], %o5
> 2:
> 	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
> memcmp().

Hum, I was refering to IA64 (or the more spreaded x86 arches), that is litle 
endian AFAIK.

On big endian machines, a compiler can indeed perform some word tricks for 
memcmp() if it knows at compile time both pointers are word aligned.

PowerPc example (xlc compiler)

int func(const unsigned int *a, const unsigned int *b)
return memcmp(a, b, 6);

.func:                                  # 0x00000000 (H.10.NO_SYMBOL)
         l       r5,0(r3)
         l       r0,0(r4)
         cmp     0,r5,r0
         bc      BO_IF_NOT,CR0_EQ,__L2c
         lhz     r3,4(r3)
         lhz     r0,4(r4)
         sf      r0,r0,r3
         sfze    r3,r0
         a       r0,r3,r0
         aze     r3,r0
         bcr     BO_ALWAYS,CR0_LT
__L2c:                                  # 0x0000002c (H.10.NO_SYMBOL+0x2c)
         sf      r0,r0,r5
         sfze    r3,r0
         a       r0,r3,r0
         aze     r3,r0
         bcr     BO_ALWAYS,CR0_LT

But to compare 6 bytes, known to be aligned to even addresses, current code is 
just fine and portable. We *could* use arch/endian specific tricks to save one 
or two cycles, but who really wants that ?

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