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jatos



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jatos
Right... I am currently trying to work how to implement threading and I have come across a problem.

executing a thread, how do I keep a note of where to save the registers in the memory, seeing as the registers will be used by edited by the currently executing program? Are there any registers that is generally accepted are used by the OS and not threads.

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Post 20 Feb 2007, 16:04
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cod3b453



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Ideally, everything needs to be saved in order for the state in which a thread executes never changes and not have to worry about which registers a thread can and can't use. So each thread needs to have an allocated register store for GPRs including selectors and flags (mov, pushf, popf), FPU (fsave, frstore) and SSE (fxstore, fxrstor) in a lookup table somewhere in memory.

Where you put this table is up to you, just make sure its in ring 0 memory and your OS keeps track of the base address and size of the table, the entries can then be found using the thread's id as an offset.
Post 22 Feb 2007, 17:17
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