[LLVMdev] JIT allocates global data in function body memory

Evan Cheng evan.cheng at apple.com
Wed Jul 1 11:48:29 PDT 2009

Sorry I am late to the thread. I've been meaning to find the time to  
respond properly.

1. Yes, the default behavior is to keep GV and function in the same  
memory buffer. The reason is the JIT can be used in a client and  
server environment. This makes it possible without doing expensive  
relocation on the fly. In fact, the currently implementation doesn't  
allow the client to do relocation since relocation is done by the JIT.  
That can be changed, of course.
2. There is a hook to change the behavior, i.e. allocating GV  
separately with malloc. The API is not fully flushed out so it's done  
with malloc (which is how it was done before #1).
3. We *can* consider changing the default. But we need to do it  
gently. I'd prefer to complete the API to support both models and  
*then* consider making the change. We do not want to disrupt existing  
4. Most *real* implementation should use its down custom memory  
manager. The default manager (or malloc for GVs) works for lli. But  
that's a command line tool for testing, it isn't necessarily how  
things must be done.

I am glad to see the push to design and implement a proper API to  
support both models. I intend to review the code later today. Sorry  
about the delay.


On Jul 1, 2009, at 9:57 AM, Reid Kleckner wrote:

>> We have been JITing kernels and having a memory manager for globals
>> would be a big win there (clean up a few hacks to make things go in
>> the correct locations).
> I'm also guessing that Dale's client at Apple is using a custom memory
> manager, since without doing that there's no way to get the size of
> the code block in order to send it over the wire.  Adding an
> allocateGlobal method would probably allow them to trap it and also
> send it over the wire, but they say they don't want to make any code
> changes.
> I'd like to get some guidance on what's acceptable before I send a
> patch to llvm-commits, though.
> Reid
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