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Date:	Tue, 27 Oct 2009 07:07:31 +0100
From:	Eric Dumazet <eric.dumazet@...il.com>
To:	Stephen Hemminger <stephen.hemminger@...tta.com>
CC:	Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
	Linus Torvalds <torvalds@...ux-foundation.org>,
	Octavian Purdila <opurdila@...acom.com>,
	netdev@...r.kernel.org, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
	Al Viro <viro@...iv.linux.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] dcache: better name hash function

Stephen Hemminger a écrit :
> One of the root causes of slowness in network usage
> was my original choice of power of 2 for hash size, to avoid
> a mod operation. It turns out if size is not a power of 2
> the original algorithm works fairly well.

Interesting, but I suspect all users have power of 2 tables :(

> 
> On slow cpu; with 10million entries and 211 hash size
> 
>
> 
> How important is saving the one division, versus getting better
> distribution.


unsigned int fold1(unsigned hash)
{
	return hash % 211;
}

Compiler uses a reciprocal divide because of 211 being a constant.

And you also could try following that contains one multiply only,
and check if hash distribution properties are still OK

unsigned int fold2(unsigned hash)
{
	return ((unsigned long long)hash * 211) >> 32;
}

fold1:
        movl    4(%esp), %ecx
        movl    $-1689489505, %edx
        movl    %ecx, %eax
        mull    %edx
        shrl    $7, %edx
        imull   $211, %edx, %edx
        subl    %edx, %ecx
        movl    %ecx, %eax
        ret

fold2:
        movl    $211, %eax
        mull    4(%esp)
        movl    %edx, %eax
        ret


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