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Date:	Tue, 06 Mar 2007 23:13:49 -0800
From:	"H. Peter Anvin" <>
To:	Eric Dumazet <>
CC:	Linus Torvalds <>,
	Davide Libenzi <>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <>,
	Andrew Morton <>
Subject: Re: [patch v2] epoll use a single inode ...

Eric Dumazet wrote:
> Linus Torvalds a écrit :
>> On Tue, 6 Mar 2007, Eric Dumazet wrote:
>>> I did a user space program, attached to this mail.
>>> I rewrote the reciprocal_div() for i386 so that one multiply is used.
>> Ok, this is definitely faster on Core 2 as well, so "numbers talk, 
>> bullshit walks". No more objections.
> And the numbers were ? :)
>> (That said, I bet you could do even better for octal and hex numbers, 
>> so if you *really* want to speed things up, you should just make a 
>> special-case routine for each base (there's just three of them), and 
>> you can then also optimize the base-10 thing much better (you can do 
>> two digits at a time by dividing by 100, etc)
> Well, given that sprintf() is frequently called only for pipe/sockets 
> creation, we probably better :
> 1) wait a very clever idea to suppress individual dentry per 
> pipe/sockets (no more sprintf() at pipe/socket setup)
> 2) delay the sprintf() only if needed as you mentioned in a previous 
> mail (when someone wants ls -l /proc/pid/fd/....), since their dentries 
> are not anymore inserted in the global dcache hash, they could stay with 
> a (nul) dname.

Yes, the right thing to do is probably to only generate these strings 
when someone tries to list them, not on every socket/pipe/epoll 
creation.  One can assign a counter and keep it as a binary value at the 
start, but create the strings when necessary.


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