[pypy-dev] GSoC projects

Armin Rigo arigo at tunes.org
Thu Mar 25 12:52:58 CET 2010

Hi Benjamin, hi all,

On Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 08:31:50PM -0500, Benjamin Peterson wrote:
> We have somebody who has voiced interest in doing a 64 bit backend,
> but there's no reason you couldn't assist them or work on some other
> aspect of PyPy.

I should probably mention here what I only explained in private mails so
far.  The 32-bit backend is in pypy/jit/backend/x86/.  However that
directory uses ri386.py and ri386setup.py, which are old and very custom
hacks based on multimethods in order to encode machine code
instructions.  I already started some work on replacing these two files.
It's done in this branch:


There, we have a single file rx86.py that is simpler, and supports both
32-bit and 64-bit instruction generation.  But the interface is very
different, so that means the whole rest of the backend has to be
adapted.  That would be the main work of a SoC student.

To get started, look at rx86.py and its test files test/test_rx86*.py
and try to write small examples that uses a subclass of
X86_32_CodeBuilder or X86_64_CodeBuilder in order to build and call a
test function.  The 64-bit version is more complicated, because the ABI
on 64-bit is to use some number of registers in order to pass arguments;
see details e.g. in http://www.x86-64.org/documentation/abi.pdf section
"Function Calling Sequence".

A bientot,


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