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Re: [PATCH V3, #1 of 10], Add basic pc-relative support

On Fri, Sep 06, 2019 at 07:50:51AM -0500, Segher Boessenkool wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 05, 2019 at 08:18:02PM -0400, Michael Meissner wrote:
> > On Thu, Aug 29, 2019 at 04:32:07PM -0500, Segher Boessenkool wrote:
> > > This is not just for reload anymore, so please don't name it that.  Renaming
> > > things isn't hard, this isn't a public API or anything :-)
> > 
> > This hasn't just be for reload for several years now.
> Yes, and since you are extending it a lot now, it is high time it is fixed.
> > Do you have a name you prefer?
> As I said, I don't think all these things should be lumped together at
> all, and also you shouldn't precompute everything (as fixed values
> always, after that precompute) into arrays anyway.  Instead, use
> functions for all accessors, which can have simple and clear logic what
> they return when.
> If it is hard to find good names for your interfaces, most likely your
> interfaces aren't structured very well.

Here is where I disagree.  I tend to think pre-computing the stuff saves time.
When you are using it with pre-computed masks and such, it takes 5-10
instructions to make the decision, while if you have to re-do the tests (for
example, checking size, checking whether it is int/fp/vector, it can involve
many more tests than a simple load/mask type test).

But if it is the only way to get things in, I can look at not using the address
masks any further, and instead have discreet tests.

Michael Meissner, IBM
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