[squeak-dev] Re: [Pharo-project] A small idea how to get closer to hardware with small efforts :)

Igor Stasenko siguctua at gmail.com
Tue Apr 6 20:49:21 UTC 2010

On 6 April 2010 14:46, Marcus Denker <marcus.denker at inria.fr> wrote:
> Hi,
> I always liked how Smalltalk X did it... they have
>        -> an ivar in CompiledMethod that is the "native code pointer".
>        -> Primitive methods are just methods that have this pointer set
>             to the primitive in the vm.
>        -> Methods with embedded C-code are compiled and linked with
>             the Smtk->C cross-compiler, the pointer than points to that function
>        -> the JIT just put a pointer to the code it generates.
> So they merge primitives / static compiling(+embedded c-code) *and* the JIT
> into one not that ugly mechanism. In STX, the memory is managed by the VM, though (the
> code is not allocated in the GCed object memory by the JIT).
> So: Yes, I like this :-) and your mechanism is a nice way to get it easily integrated into the current
> system.
> Q: what happens when code is moved by the GC?
Yeah, it will break the whole thing :)
To avoid that, a native code should not issue any memory allocation,
which may cause GC.

Perhaps, there is a way to counter this , while still being able to
move the code.
A primitive could set a flag that its going to call a native code,
embedded into compiled method,
so, then, after GC, if this flag is set, VM knows, that memory
allocation is issued from native code,
and should fix the return address (1) on stack, before returning to
native code, which moved to the new code location:

primitive -> native code --(1)-> VM allocation procedure -> GC

(1) - a return address , which should be fixed.

> --
> Marcus Denker  -- http://www.marcusdenker.de
> INRIA Lille -- Nord Europe. Team RMoD.
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Best regards,
Igor Stasenko AKA sig.

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