Re: Problem with 1G RAM

Rik van Riel (
Sun, 6 Dec 1998 13:18:27 +0100 (CET)

On Sat, 5 Dec 1998, MOLNAR Ingo wrote:
> On Sat, 5 Dec 1998, Jakub Jelinek wrote:
> > > the problem with this is that x86 CISC instructions are inherently more
> > > difficult to fix up runtime :(


> this is the main problem why i cant see how we could do the btfixup
> thing into x86 without losing these optimizations. (and the compiler
> merges such constant addresses with structure offsets, which makes a
> theoretical immediate value linker even harder) but maybe it already
> exists?

Question is how much performance do we lose this way and
is it worth it or not? I remember people shouting over
the transition to ELF because it cost 5% performance.

This particular piece of flexibilization probably costs
FAR less than that (maybe it's even neglectable) and can
save us (and the poor folks with a 1G+ box) quite a bit
of headaches and grey hairs...

Apart from the technical stories: would it be worth it?


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