"i386: Add CPU_HAS_SSE2" commit

Venkatesh Srinivas me at endeavour.zapto.org
Fri Jan 28 07:04:44 PST 2011

Hi,I just saw commit cbc5d70e... , enabling MFENCE and SFENCE on SSE2 systems, rather than the earlier LOCK ADD [ESP], $0 for cpu_lfence and cpu_mfence.When the Sun JVM folks were working, they found LOCK ADD was faster on Intel systems, by a substantial amount; on AMD systems LOCK ADD was the same speed as *FENCE, but "pipelined better", whatever that means:

http://blogs.sun.com/dave/resource/NHM-Pipeline-Blog-V2.txtPerhaps this commit should be measured closely? I'd love to hear data either confirming or disagreeing with Dave Dice and the Sun JVM team...

Thanks,-- vs

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