On Monday 04 July 2005 02:40 am, Peter Grehan wrote:
> > Check the alignment of the IP header before passing the packet up
> > to the packet filter. This would cause a panic on architectures
> > that require strict alignment such as sparc64 (tier1) and ia64/ppc
> > (tier2).
> FYI, any modern ppc implementation doesn't require strict alignment
> for integer load/stores though there's a performance penalty for
> having to split the access into smaller ones.
As an aside, I've been contemplating taking a shot at having the AC
(alignment checking) turned on for the amd64 kernel and see what
breaks. But rather than trying to do bit-shifting bcopys etc, I was
thinking about toggling it off/on around known offenders.
It could be interesting to allow userland to turn it on/off for its own
use as well. But I suspect that touching %cr0 on the fly at syscall
entry/exit could be a serious microcode cost.
But still, it might be an interesting thing to have available as a
diagnostic tool. Unaligned accesses are slower here too. And there
are ugly side effects if the unaligned access crosses a cache line
Peter Wemm - email@example.com; peter@FreeBSD.org; firstname.lastname@example.org
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