Reini Urban
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Jit the perl5 runops loop in proper execution order


WARNING: It does only work yet for simple functions! No branches, no non-local jumps. Only intel CPU's 32 and 64bit (i386 and amd64).

This perl5 jitter is super-simple.

The original compiled optree from the perl5 parser is a linked list in memory in non-execution order, with wide-spread jumps, almost in reverse order. Additionally the calls are indirect, and with a shared libperl even far, which is stops the CPU prefetching.

This Jit module properly aligns the run-time calls in linear "exec" order, so that the CPU can prefetch the next (and other) instructions. The old indirect far call within a shared libperl costs about 70 cycles, the new direct call near costs 3-5 cycles and enables CPU prefetching.

Speed up: See

Additional memory costs: 2-10 byte per op


Reini Urban written from scratch.


Copyright (c) 2010 Reini Urban

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