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Date:	Thu, 01 Jul 2010 13:41:16 -0700
From:	"H. Peter Anvin" <hpa@...or.com>
To:	Alexander Duyck <alexander.h.duyck@...el.com>
CC:	Andi Kleen <andi@...stfloor.org>,
	"Kirsher, Jeffrey T" <jeffrey.t.kirsher@...el.com>,
	"davem@...emloft.net" <davem@...emloft.net>,
	"netdev@...r.kernel.org" <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
	"gospo@...hat.com" <gospo@...hat.com>,
	"bphilips@...ell.com" <bphilips@...ell.com>,
	Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de>,
	Ingo Molnar <mingo@...hat.com>,
	"x86@...nel.org" <x86@...nel.org>
Subject: Re: [net-next-2.6 PATCH v2] x86: Align skb w/ start of cacheline
 on newer core 2/Xeon Arch

On 07/01/2010 01:37 PM, Alexander Duyck wrote:
> Andi Kleen wrote:
>> Jeff Kirsher <jeffrey.t.kirsher@...el.com> writes:
>>
>>
>> Sorry for the late comment.
>>
>>>  
>>> +#ifdef CONFIG_MCORE2
>>> +/*
>>> + * We handle most unaligned accesses in hardware.  On the other hand
>>> + * unaligned DMA can be quite expensive on some Nehalem processors.
>>> + *
>>> + * Based on this we disable the IP header alignment in network drivers.
>>> + */
>>> +#define NET_IP_ALIGN	0
>>> +#endif
>>>  #endif /* _ASM_X86_SYSTEM_H */
>>
>> The ifdef should be imho dropped and the option be made unconditional
>> for all x86. I am not aware of any x86 core where unalignment is really
>> slow. This would increase the chance of it actually working on many
>> configurations which do not necessarily optimize for Core2.
>>
>> -Andi
> 
> Seems to make sense to me.  I will see about generating a patch that 
> drops the check for CONFIG_MCORE2.
> 

Just drop the #ifdef ... #endif.

	-hpa
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