Re: [linux-usb-devel] [PATCH 1/9] USB usbfs: take a reference to the usb device

From: Duncan Sands
Date: Sun Apr 18 2004 - 09:09:26 EST

Hi Oliver,

> Multiple interfaces are uncommon. Devices with several interfaces bound
> to usbfs are uncommoner. Concurrent use is still uncommoner. You are
> slowing the common case.

The slowdown is probably negligeable though. The speedup may be big for
the rare cases where it matters (though I doubt anyone is ever going to care
one way or the other).

> > > > (2) push the acquisition of dev->serialize down to the lower levels
> > > > as they are fixed up.
> > >
> > > Why?
> >
> > Efficiency. The main reason is that the copy to/from user calls are
> > inside the locked region :) As for the other places where the lock could
> > be dropped, I guess measurement is required to see if it gains anything.
> OK. I see. But IMHO usbfs is not written for speed anyway, so don't
> worry too much.

I'm not worrying! It's more a matter of hygiene :)

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