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Date:   Fri, 8 Jan 2021 09:49:20 +0000
From:   David Laight <David.Laight@...LAB.COM>
To:     'Al Viro' <viro@...iv.linux.org.uk>,
        Linus Torvalds <torvalds@...ux-foundation.org>
CC:     kernel test robot <oliver.sang@...el.com>,
        Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de>,
        Ingo Molnar <mingo@...nel.org>, Borislav Petkov <bp@...en8.de>,
        Peter Zijlstra <peterz@...radead.org>,
        LKML <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        "lkp@...ts.01.org" <lkp@...ts.01.org>,
        kernel test robot <lkp@...el.com>,
        "Huang, Ying" <ying.huang@...el.com>,
        Feng Tang <feng.tang@...el.com>,
        "zhengjun.xing@...el.com" <zhengjun.xing@...el.com>
Subject: RE: [x86] d55564cfc2: will-it-scale.per_thread_ops -5.8% regression

From: Al Viro
> Sent: 07 January 2021 18:34
> 
> On Thu, Jan 07, 2021 at 09:43:54AM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> 
> > Before, it would do the whole CLAC/STAC dance inside that loop for
> > every entry (and with that commit d55564cfc22 it would be a function
> > call, of course).
> >
> > Can you verify that this fixes the regression (and in fact I'd expect
> > it to improve that test-case)?
> 
> I'm not sure it's the best approach, TBH.  How about simply
>         for (walk = head; walk; ufds += walk->len, walk = walk->next) {
> 		if (copy_to_user(ufds, walk->entries,
> 				 walk->len * sizeof(struct pollfd))
> 			goto out_fds;
>         }
> in there?  It's both simpler (obviously matches the copyin side) and
> might very well be faster...

I bet it isn't, especially if 'user copy hardening' is enabled.
You also have to 'negotiate' all the conditionals in copy_to_user()
for misaligned lengths, very short copies and alternate algorithms for
long copies.

I'll bet there is a measurable gain from having copy_to/from_user_u64()
that is optimised for copying a structure to/from userspace in 64bit
chunks.

	David

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