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Re: Byte swapping support


On Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 2:32 AM, Jürg Billeter
<juerg.billeter@codethink.co.uk> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> To support applications that assume big-endian memory layout on little-
> endian systems, I'm considering adding support for reversing the
> storage order to GCC. In contrast to the existing scalar storage order
> support for structs, the goal is to reverse the storage order for all
> memory operations to achieve maximum compatibility with the behavior on
> big-endian systems, as far as observable by the application.
>
> The plan is to insert byte swapping instructions as part of the RTL
> expansion of GIMPLE assignments that access memory. This would leverage
> code that was added for -fsso-struct, keeping the code simple and
> maintainable. It should not be necessary to insert byte swapping
> instructions for spilled registers.
>
> Is this something that GCC upstream would be interested to accept?
>
> To facilitate byte swapping at endian boundaries (kernel or libraries),
> I'm also considering developing a new GCC builtin that can byte-swap
> whole structs in memory. There are limitations to this, e.g., unions
> could not be supported in general. However, I still expect this to be
> very useful.
>
> Any comments or suggestions?
>
> Best regards,
> Jürg

Can you use __attribute__ ((scalar_storage_order)) in GCC 7?

-- 
H.J.


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