|author||Rich Felker <email@example.com>||2014-11-19 00:40:32 -0500|
|committer||Rich Felker <firstname.lastname@example.org>||2014-11-19 01:02:01 -0500|
overhaul ARM atomics/tls for performance and compatibility
previously, builds for pre-armv6 targets hard-coded use of the "kuser helper" system for atomics and thread-pointer access, resulting in binaries that fail to run (crash) on systems where this functionality has been disabled (as a security/hardening measure) in the kernel. additionally, builds for armv6 hard-coded an outdated/deprecated memory barrier instruction which may require emulation (extremely slow) on future models. this overhaul replaces the behavior for all pre-armv7 builds (both of the above cases) to perform runtime detection of the appropriate mechanisms for barrier, atomic compare-and-swap, and thread pointer access. detection is based on information provided by the kernel in auxv: presence of the HWCAP_TLS bit for AT_HWCAP and the architecture version encoded in AT_PLATFORM. direct use of the instructions is preferred when possible, since probing for the existence of the kuser helper page would be difficult and would incur runtime cost. for builds targeting armv7 or later, the runtime detection code is not compiled at all, and much more efficient versions of the non-cas atomic operations are provided by using ldrex/strex directly rather than wrapping cas.
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