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Date:	Tue,  7 Jun 2011 04:39:46 +0300
From:	Lucian Adrian Grijincu <>
To:, "David S. Miller" <>
Cc:	Eric Dumazet <>,
	Lucian Adrian Grijincu <>
Subject: [PATCH 2/2] net: dummy: allocate devices with alloc_netdev_id

The most like case is that no one else is registering devices with a
name like "dummy%d".

We can bring the complexity down by replacing:
- alloc_netdev_id which is O(N) with
- alloc_netdev_id which, on the average case, is O(1).

$ time modprobe dummy numdummies=5000
- with alloc_netdev   : 9.50s
- with alloc_netdev_id: 3.50s

NOTE: Stats generated on a heavily patched 3.0-rc1 which replaces the
      current O(N^2) sysctl algorithm with a better one.

Signed-off-by: Lucian Adrian Grijincu <>
 drivers/net/dummy.c |    4 +++-
 1 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/dummy.c b/drivers/net/dummy.c
index 39cf9b9..24d4ee5 100644
--- a/drivers/net/dummy.c
+++ b/drivers/net/dummy.c
@@ -159,12 +159,14 @@ static struct rtnl_link_ops dummy_link_ops __read_mostly = {
 module_param(numdummies, int, 0);
 MODULE_PARM_DESC(numdummies, "Number of dummy pseudo devices");
+static int last_device_id = -1;
 static int __init dummy_init_one(void)
 	struct net_device *dev_dummy;
 	int err;
-	dev_dummy = alloc_netdev(0, "dummy%d", dummy_setup);
+	dev_dummy = alloc_netdev_id(0, "dummy%d", dummy_setup, &last_device_id);
 	if (!dev_dummy)
 		return -ENOMEM;

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