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Re: GSOC Proposal

On 2019-03-29 5:08 a.m., Richard Biener wrote:
> On Thu, 28 Mar 2019, nick wrote:
>> On 2019-03-28 4:59 a.m., Richard Biener wrote:
>>> On Wed, Mar 27, 2019 at 6:31 PM nick <> wrote:
>>>> Greetings All,
>>>> I've already done most of the work required for signing up for GSoC
>>>> as of last year i.e. reading getting started, being signed up legally
>>>> for contributions.
>>>> My only real concern would be the proposal which I started writing here:
>>>> The biography and success section I'm fine with my bigger concern would be the project and roadmap
>>>> section. The roadmap is there and I will go into more detail about it in the projects section as
>>>> need be. Just wanted to known if the roadmap is detailed enough or can I just write out a few
>>>> paragraphs discussing it in the Projects Section.
>>> I'm not sure I understand either the problem analysis nor the project
>>> goal parts.  What
>>> shared state with respect to garbage collection are you talking about?
>>> Richard.
>> I just fixed it. Seems we were discussing RTL itself. I edited it to 
>> reflect those changes. Let me know if it's unclear or you would actually 
>> like me to discuss some changes that may occur in the RTL layer itself.
>> I'm glad to be more exact if that's better but seems your confusion was 
>> just what layer we were touching.
> Let me just throw in some knowledge here.  The issue with RTL
> is that we currently can only have a single function in this
> intermediate language state since a function in RTL has some
> state in global variables that would differ if it were another
> function.  We can have multiple functions in GIMPLE intermediate
> language state since all such state is in a function-specific
> data structure (struct function).  The hard thing about moving
> all this "global" state of RTL into the same place is that
> there's global state in the various backends (and there's
> already a struct funtion 'machine' part for such state, so there's
> hope the issue isn't as big as it could be) and that some of
> the global state is big and only changes very rarely.
> That said, I'm not sure if anybody knows the full details here.
> So as far as I understand you'd like to tackle this as project
> with the goal to be able to have multiple functions in RTL
> state.
> That's laudable but IMHO also quite ambitious for a GSoC
> project.  It's also an area I am not very familiar with so
> I opt out of being a mentor for this project.
While I'm aware of three areas where the shared state is an issue
1, Compiler's Proper
2. The expand_functions 
3. RTL
4.Garbage Collector

Or maybe a project to be more
explicit about regions of the code that assume that the garbage-
collector can't run within them?[3] (since the GC is state that would
be shared by the threads).

This is what we were discussing previously and I wrote my proposal for
that. You however seem confused about what parts of the garbage collector
would be touched. That's fine with me, however seems you want be to
be more exact about which part  is touched.

My questions would be as it's changed back to the garbage collector project:

1. Your confusion about which part of the garbage collector is touched doesn't
really make sense s it's for the whole garbage collector as related to shared
2. Injection was my code here in phase 3 for the callers of the new functions or
macros, perhaps this is not needed as the work with the garbage collector is enough?
3. Am I not understanding this project as I thought I was in the proposal I wrote?

Seems your more confusing my wording probably so I'm going to suggest one of 
two things here:
a) I'm going to allow you to make comments with what's confusing you and
it needs that's the issue here more than anything else so I sent you 
a link and please comment where you are having issues with this not
be clear for you:
Or maybe a project to be more
explicit about regions of the code that assume that the garbage-
collector can't run within them?[3] (since the GC is state that would
be shared by the threads).
as that's the actual project

b) Just comment here about the wording that's an issue for you or
where you want more exact wording

Sorry and hopefully this is helps you understand where I'm going,

> Richard.
>> Nick
>>>> Any other comments are welcome as well as I write it there,
>>>> Nick

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