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Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2012 15:22:38 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: tough choice on thread pointer initialization issue

On Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 02:42:52PM +0400, Solar Designer wrote:
> [...] I just did some testing on
> a Core 2'ish CPU (E5420), and the instruction is very fast.  I put 1000
> instances of:
> movl %ss,%eax
> testl %eax,%eax
> jz 0
> one after another, and this runs in just 1 cycle per the three
> instructions above (so 1000 cycles for the 1000 instances total).

To test my approach to testing this, I tried using:

movw %ss,%ax

followed by 1000 instances of:

movl %eax,%gs


movw %ax,%gs

This executes in about 16.5 cycles per instruction.  Indeed, setting a
segment register is slow - but reading it apparently is not, at least
not on this CPU.


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