[LLVMdev] Stack switching, Active Objects and LLVM

Sriram Srinivasan sriram at malhar.net
Mon Jan 8 06:12:01 CST 2007


[Apologies. This is a repost because the earlier post didn't have a  
subject heading and might have been missed by members]

Hello,

I wish to have lots of little stacks and be able to switch rapidly
between them. I could do CPS transformation but don't like the  
overhead of
creating gc'able continuation thunks and the copying from stack to heap.

I'd like to explore a no-copy approach by "merely" switching a few
registers, perhaps as an equivalent of the C-- "jump" instruction (as
opposed to call). In other words, if a function calls "pause()", I'd  
like
to freeze the stack and be able to resume the thread at some time, like
green threads but faster (one shouldn't have to save all registers
blindly). I would appreciate some pointers on what it take to do this  
in LLVM?

The context for the question is this: I'm building a java-like language
with GC & classes and message passing (no memory sharing) between active
objects. I would like to be able to have several object pools that are
preemptively scheduled, but within one pool, the objects are  
cooperatively
scheduled. I'd like to have a GC to take advantage of the fact that no
memory is shared. A linear type system ensures that references to  
objects
passed in messages are owned by only one active object at any time.

--sriram

Thanks much.



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