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Bug #50238 [PATCH] - Using #defines to improve the performance of the TSRMG macro
Submitted: 2009-11-20 10:29 UTC Modified: 2015-01-11 04:22 UTC
Avg. Score:4.0 ± 1.2
Reproduced:7 of 11 (63.6%)
Same Version:6 (85.7%)
Same OS:7 (100.0%)
From: yoarvi at gmail dot com Assigned:
Status: No Feedback Package: Performance problem
PHP Version: 6SVN-2009-11-20 (SVN) OS: Solaris 5.10 (SPARC)
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2009-11-20 10:29 UTC] yoarvi at gmail dot com
When compiled for multi-threaded (#ifdef ZTS ) operation, the various
subsystems in PHP use dynamically allocated (ts_allocate_id)
identifiers to index into the thread-local storage for each subsystem.
These dynamically allocated ids are used by macros such as CG, EG, PG,

The TSRMG macro is defined as:
#define TSRMG(id, type, element)	(((type) (*((void ***)

The PG macro is defined as:
# define PG(v) TSRMG(core_globals_id, php_core_globals *, v)

where core_globals_id is
extern PHPAPI int core_globals_id;

cc -E of
	PG(connection_status) = PHP_CONNECTION_ABORTED;
translates to:
 (((php_core_globals *) (*((void ***)
tsrm_ls))[((core_globals_id)-1)])->connection_status) = 1;

and cc -S of the same code results in:
	.loc 1 108 0
	movl	%ebx, %eax
	subl	core_globals_id, %eax
	movl	(%esi), %edx
	sall	$2, %eax
	negl	%eax
	movl	(%edx,%eax), %eax
	movw	$1, 144(%eax)

I used fixed IDs instead of dynamically allocated ones and noticed a
decent improvement in performance (few percentage points) when
running a web-based ecommerce-site workload on SPARC CMT hardware.

With my changes the PG macro is defined as:
# define PG(v) TSRMG(CORE_GLOBALS_ID, php_core_globals *, v)

#define CORE_GLOBALS_ID					10

and core_globals_id is
extern PHPAPI const ts_rsrc_id core_globals_id;

cc -E of the same line of code translates to:
 (((php_core_globals *) (*((void ***)
tsrm_ls))[((10)-1)])->connection_status) = 1;

cc -S (my version):
	.loc 1 108 0
	movl	(%eax), %eax
	movl	36(%eax), %eax
	movw	$1, 144(%eax)

The relevant discussion can be found here:

Reproduce code:
The following patch implements this and incorporates the feedback received on internals:

Expected result:
Improved performance when PHP is compiled with support for multi-threading.


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 [2009-11-20 15:26 UTC]
It seems silly that this would make a difference.  I guess make the change in trunk.  Can't do it in the branches because it would break binary compatibility.
 [2014-12-28 08:18 UTC]
-Status: Analyzed +Status: Feedback
 [2014-12-28 08:18 UTC]
Recently the thread safety mode has received a bunch of updates in the course of Can you please verify if your improvements are still required?
 [2015-01-11 04:22 UTC] php-bugs at lists dot php dot net
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