Author pitrou
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Date 2013-08-26.12:18:45
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> What is the alignment of a cacheline? Can a line starts at any
> address?

If it could, Raymond wouldn't be asking for this feature ;-)
Cachelines are typically aligned at whatever their size is. So,
a 64-byte cacheline will be aligned at a 64 bytes boundary.
Perhaps some CPUs operate differently, but mainstream CPUs are
generally like that (for good reason: a cache is much simpler
to implement if there can't be some overlapping between cache
lines).

> Do you have an idea of performance benefit of memory alignment?
> 
> Adding yet another API to allocate memory has a cost.

Agreed. Aligned memory allocation is useful if your
*algorithms* benefit from alignment (e.g. some SIMD-optimized
code, or something relying on page tables). But aligning
every data structure on a cacheline boundary doesn't sound
like a very good idea: if it was, the system allocator
would do it for you, IMHO ;-)
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