Number of GPRs

Article: ARM Goes 64-bit
By: David Kanter (dkanter.delete@this.realworldtech.com), August 16, 2012 3:31 pm
Room: Moderated Discussions
Kenneth Jonsson (kj.delete@this.localhost.org) on August 16, 2012 2:35 pm wrote:
> I have never developed a compiler, but looking at code generated by GCC for ARM,
> x86_64, MIPS and PPC begs the question: is there really any real benefit in
> having more than 16 GPRs? I cannot really see that the 16GPRs that ARM and
> x86_64 has is a limitation in close to 100% of the functions, a large number of
> the functions uses less than 8 registers. This is also true on PPC and MIPS
> where 32 GPRs are available, most register seem to just sit there
> unused.
>
> More register does increase the cost of switching context, so unused
> register cannot be a good thing.
>
> So what are the benefits of moving to 32
> GPRs on ARMv8 from the current number of 16 (well 14 if one exclude PC and LR)?

That's a very good question. First point - I have never written or profiled anything for non-x86 architectures.

However, if you think 16 registers is optimal for x86 (which seems reasonable)...it's not crazy to think that you need more for ARM. ARM doesn't have memory-register instructions, and will sometimes need a few more registers.

Another important factor is that moving to 32 registers means that they can alias all the goofy 32-bit exception registers onto the AArch64 register file. That really helps backward compatibility.

The one big downside is that doing multithreading with 32 registers is obviously much harder than 16. Hard to say which direction to go with that.

DK
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