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Date:	Wed, 5 Mar 2014 09:13:30 +0800
From:	Ding Tianhong <dingtianhong@...wei.com>
To:	Joe Perches <joe@...ches.com>
CC:	Patrick McHardy <kaber@...sh.net>,
	"David S. Miller" <davem@...emloft.net>,
	Julia Lawall <julia.lawall@...6.fr>,
	Netdev <netdev@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next] vlan: slight optimization for vlan

On 2014/3/4 23:50, Joe Perches wrote:
> On Tue, 2014-03-04 at 18:47 +0800, Ding Tianhong wrote:
>> Ether_addr_equal_64bits is more efficient than ether_addr_equal, and
>> can be used when each argument is an array within a structure that
>> contains at least two bytes of data beyond the array, so it is safe
>> to use it for vlan.
> 
> Perhaps I wasn't clear or perhaps you simply disagree,
> (which is certainly your right), but I think that
> ether_addr_equal_64bits should _only_ be used in
> performance sensitive paths because using it requires
> a person/script to analyze surrounding structures to
> ensure 2 bytes exist after the address.
> 
> I don't think that vlan_dev_(open|stop|set_mac_address)
> are performance sensitive paths.
> 
> vlan_do_receive, absolutely yes.
> 
> Is the vlan_device_event:NETDEV_CHANGEADDR:vlan_sync_address
> path that frequent?  Maybe.
> 
>> On a simple test by iperf, it reduces the CPU %system time from 14% to 12%.
> 

Totally agree with you, use the XXX_64bits in slow path make no sense, thanks a lot.



>> According Joe's suggestion, maybe it'd be faster to add an unlikely to
>> the test for PCKET_OTHERHOST, so I add it and see whether the performance
>> could be better, but the differences is so small and negligible, maybe my
>> test case is not effective enough, but I still add the unlikely and wait to
>> hear more opinions.:)
> 
> A separate patch for the unlikely would likely be better,
> but I wonder what your test case is.
> 
> I presume a single stream of identical vlan PACKET_OTHERHOST
> packets is atypical.
> 

OK

Regards
Ding
> 
> 
> 


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