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Date: Sun, 6 Sep 2015 20:16:26 +0300
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: Large stack alignment

On Sun, Sep 06, 2015 at 12:02:07PM -0500, JimF wrote:
> I fixed things here.

I guess you meant to reply to magnum's message about the performance
impact, rather than to my message about this being either redundant or

> We still must use mem_align(), but now it is a 
> define macro, using no writes to memory variables to do this 'magic'.  
> Just simply pointer readjustment
> Here is the macro:
> #define mem_align(a,b) 
> (void*)(((char*)(a))+(((b)-1)-(((size_t)((char*)(a))-1)&((b)-1))))
> Now to align, just build a buffer that contains align_wanted extra bytes:
> unsigned long _buf[whatever_size + (SIMD_ALIGN)/sizeof(unsigned long)];
> then use the macro;
> unsigned long *buf = mem_alloc(_buf, SIMD_ALIGN);
> buf will be properly aligned somewhere in the range of _buf to 
> &((char*)_buf)[0] +SIMD_COEF

That's great, but I think there's still performance impact potential:
all those individual pointers may need their own registers, whereas
without such per-pointer alignment gcc would simply address everything
relative to a single frame pointer register.


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