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math/big: better multiply primitives #9245

griesemer opened this Issue Dec 10, 2014 · 3 comments


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griesemer commented Dec 10, 2014

Suggestions from Torbjörn Granlund (personal e-mail):

The multiply primitives, in particular addMulVVW surely deserves more

Offset the pointers so that you can index with a counter register
which goes from -n to 0, saving the CMPQ.

Unroll. You can save most of the ADCQ $0, R that way. Basically,
do one run with just MULQ where you sum the old highpart (DX) with
the new lowpart (AX). You will need some MOVQ to move DX
out-of-the-way too. Then do a new run over these sums where you
bring in the memory addend. This should double the speed on some
newer CPUs.

A good addMulVVW is probably really the first thing to write in
assembly; addition and subtraction is much less important, usually.

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@rsc rsc added this to the Unplanned milestone Apr 10, 2015

@rsc rsc removed release-none labels Apr 10, 2015

@griesemer griesemer modified the milestones: Go1.9Maybe, Unplanned Feb 25, 2017

@griesemer griesemer modified the milestones: Go1.10, Go1.9Maybe May 9, 2017

@griesemer griesemer modified the milestones: Go1.10, Go1.11 Nov 3, 2017


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vielmetti commented Nov 9, 2017

See also (for arm64) where it is reported:

The lack of proper addMulVVW implementation for arm64 hurts RSA

This is an optimized implementation, it improves RSA2048 performance
by 10X to 15X on ARMv8 based server processors.

@bradfitz bradfitz added the NeedsFix label Nov 9, 2017


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griesemer commented May 24, 2018

Pushing to next release. There are some discussions about other math/bits primitive operations; maybe we can write some of this code in Go rather than assembly at some point.

@griesemer griesemer modified the milestones: Go1.11, Go1.12 May 24, 2018

@griesemer griesemer modified the milestones: Go1.12, Unplanned Sep 17, 2018

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