Do we need an unsigned multiplyHigh?

John Rose john.r.rose at oracle.com
Wed Sep 27 18:45:24 UTC 2017


On Sep 27, 2017, at 8:25 AM, Peter Lawrey <peter.lawrey at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Perhaps project Valhalla will be a way to return multiple values by having
> a composite value type, or panama with it's support for XMM instructions
> (or both)

That seems likely; we are aiming in both of those directions,
to support direct programming with AVX-type registers (not
just x86 specific, by the way) and general support for by-value
return of structured objects (starting with "minimal value types").

For now, though, every method is limited to at most 64 bits
of return value "payload", which means that 128-bit operations
need to be split into two method calls, or else buffer their
result into a temp object (e.g., array).  The JIT knows how
to combine two intrinsic calls into a single machine operation,
in some very limited circumstances, notably the classic
"div/rem" instructions.  This technique would probably work
for 64-to-128 multiplies.  (Also AES-128, by the way.)

— John
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