Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Split stacks!

This could be big - in the October 2010 GNU Toolchain Update (subscribe!), Nick Clifton reports that split stacks have been added to GCC. With split stacks, thread stacks can grow (and shrink (?)) automatically.


Shrutarshi Basu said...

I'm building a concurrent language where essentially each object is a thread and I was waiting for this to come out in the standard toolchain. I'm interested in seeing what the splitstack overhead is.

Manuel Simoni said...

One overhead, that's likely to affect dynamic languages, is that calls through a function pointer become more costly. In the GCC docs it says that they have to go through an additional indirection when split stacks are enabled.