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Re: TLS support patch

On Apr 6, 2011, at 4:30 PM, Joerg Sonnenberger wrote:

> Hi all,
> the attached patch allows TLS support on ARM. I won't commit it, since
> it will make pthread usage inacceptable slow. I hope someone is going to
> write the magic for __eabi_read_tp and __lwp_getprivate_fast().

That's __aeabi_read_tp.  I've added kernel emulation so that -mtp=hard
will work even on those CPUs that don't have that register.

Assuming we just don't have __aeabi_read_tp just to a
        mrc p15, 0, r0, c13, c0, 3
and take the emulation hit, what mechanism should be used?

_lwp_getprivate would be horribly slow.  We could reserve a read-only
kernel page that gets updated by cpu_switchto.  Linux does 

        mov     r0, #0xffff0fff
        sub     pc, r0, #31

which jumps to a known location in the kernel (0xffff0fe0).  Since we
will need to do this for linux emulation anyways, we might as well adopt

I assume that page contains code (patched at boottime) to either do the
mrc above or read a fixed location for the current tp.

        ldr r0, .L__aeabi_current_tp
        mov pc, lr
        .word   0

cpu_switchto would need to update that location.  This page will need
to be per-CPU which is a concept the arm pmap isn't able to cope with


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