[LLVMbugs] [Bug 20971] New: performance: deduce least significant bits of a pointer from alignment

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Tue Sep 16 17:39:36 PDT 2014


            Bug ID: 20971
           Summary: performance: deduce least significant bits of a
                    pointer from alignment
           Product: new-bugs
           Version: unspecified
          Hardware: PC
                OS: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P
         Component: new bugs
          Assignee: unassignedbugs at nondot.org
          Reporter: kcc at google.com
                CC: llvmbugs at cs.uiuc.edu
    Classification: Unclassified

Here is a small performance opportunity:

struct S {
  long x;  // 8-aligned
  int a, b;

unsigned long a_bits(S *s) {
  return reinterpret_cast<unsigned long>(&s->a) & 7;
unsigned long b_bits(S *s) {
  return reinterpret_cast<unsigned long>(&s->b) & 7;

s->a is known to be 0 mod 8, and s->b to be 4 mod 8. 

Gcc uses it to optimize the code: 
        xorl    %eax, %eax
        movl    $4, %eax

Clang does not: 
        leal    8(%rdi), %eax
        andq    $7, %rax
        leal    12(%rdi), %eax
        andq    $7, %rax

Such optimization applied after ASAN instrumentation will reduce asan overhead,
see https://www.mail-archive.com/gcc-patches@gcc.gnu.org/msg88631.html
It's probably better to implement it as a separate thing than trying to 
make this optimization specifically in asan. 


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