[llvm-dev] [compiler-rt] Proposed changes to MemoryMappingLayout (sanitizer_procmaps)

Dmitry Vyukov via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Wed Jul 5 08:55:26 PDT 2017

On Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 5:27 PM, Francis Ricci <francisjricci at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> LeakSanitizer on Darwin has some performance issues caused by scanning
> unnecessary sections in the MachO __DATA segment (things like
> objective-c metadata, strings, selectors, etc). Based on the relative
> sizes of these sections and profiling data for moderately-sized
> Objective-C programs, I estimate that performance would be improved by
> 70-80% by only scanning __data, __bss, and __common MachO sections for
> pointers instead of the entire __DATA segment.
> In order to reveal section information using MemoryMappingLayout, I
> would like to make a few changes:
> 1) Move from MemoryMappingLayout::Next() to c++ style iterators
> 2) Introduce a new class MemoryMappedSegment, which is returned by
> MemoryMappingLayout iterators
> 3) Introduce a new class MemoryMappedSection, which is returned by
> MemoryMappedSegment iterators
> On ELF targets, each MemoryMappedSegment would contain a single
> MemoryMappedSection, which would be the ELF section currently returned
> by MemoryMappingLayout::Next(), maintaining current behavior.
> On MachO targets, a MemoryMappedSection would correspond to a MachO
> section, revealing the necessary section data to LeakSanitizer.
> The address ranges in each module returned by
> MemoryMappingLayout::DumpListOfModules() would be unchanged on ELF
> targets, but would correspond to a MachO section instead of a MachO
> segment on MachO targets.
> This is a somewhat large and invasive change that will affect
> sanitizers beyond just LeakSanitizer, so I'm very open to input about
> the design before I write up the implementation.

Hi Francis,

Generally sounds fine to me.

You will need to separate refactoring (collecting all attributes into
a struct, switching to iterators, etc) from actual code changes.

Also, it may be simpler if  you flatten segments/sections into just
sections and pull necessary segment attributes into section.

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