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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH v2] x86/paravirt: Don't make vcpu_is_preempted() a callee-save function

On February 13, 2017 2:53:43 AM PST, Peter Zijlstra <peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
>On Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 11:47:16AM +0100, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
>> That way we'd end up with something like:
>> asm("
>> push %rdi;
>> movslq %edi, %rdi;
>> movq __per_cpu_offset(,%rdi,8), %rax;
>> cmpb $0, %[offset](%rax);
>> setne %al;
>> pop %rdi;
>> " : : [offset] "i" (((unsigned long)&steal_time) + offsetof(struct
>steal_time, preempted)));
>> And if we could get rid of the sign extend on edi we could avoid all
>> push-pop nonsense, but I'm not sure I see how to do that (then again,
>> this asm foo isn't my strongest point).
>movsql %edi, %rax;
>movq __per_cpu_offset(,%rax,8), %rax;
>cmpb $0, %[offset](%rax);
>setne %al;

We could kill the zero or sign extend by changing the calling interface to pass 
an unsigned long instead of an int.  It is much more likely that a zero extend 
is free for the caller than a sign extend.
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