Re: [patch 13/21] Xen-paravirt: Add nosegneg capability to the vsyscallpage notes

From: Zachary Amsden
Date: Fri Feb 16 2007 - 01:06:53 EST

Jeremy Fitzhardinge wrote:
Add the "nosegneg" fake capabilty to the vsyscall page notes. This is
used by the runtime linker to select a glibc version which then
disables negative-offset accesses to the thread-local segment via
%gs. These accesses require emulation in Xen (because segments are
truncated to protect the hypervisor address space) and avoiding them
provides a measurable performance boost.

Signed-off-by: Ian Pratt <ian.pratt@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Christian Limpach <Christian.Limpach@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Chris Wright <chrisw@xxxxxxxxxxxx>

Acked-by: Zachary Amsden <zach@xxxxxxxxxx>

We would like to see this by dynamic, but that is much more difficult to achieve, and seeing your recent linker issues, I don't think this should gate merging this code. The performance loss for us I believe to be negligible, and the fix is quite a bit more complicated than something achievable in the .21 timeframe.

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