Re: [PATCH] mtd/nand: use string library

From: Akinobu Mita
Date: Wed Feb 01 2012 - 08:11:10 EST

2012/2/1 Brian Norris <computersforpeace@xxxxxxxxx>:
> On Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 3:52 PM, Akinobu Mita <akinobu.mita@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> 2012/1/28 Brian Norris <computersforpeace@xxxxxxxxx>:
>>> On Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 9:16 AM, Joe Perches <joe@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>> On Fri, 2012-01-27 at 23:24 +0900, Akinobu Mita wrote:
>>>>> - Use memchr_inv to check if the data contains all 0xFF bytes.
>>>>>   It is faster than looping for each byte.
>>>> Stupid question:
>>>> Are there any mtd devices modified that are slower
>>>> at 64 bit accesses than repeated 8 bit accesses?
>>> I believe this patch deals with kernel buffers, not any kind of direct
>>> access to the MTD, so the question (which is not stupid IMO) should be
>>> regarding CPU architectures. And my educated guess is that 64-bit
>>> access should not be any slower. I do know that 8-bit access *is*
>>> slower for some relevant architectures.
>> It could be slower when the number of bytes scanned is very small
>> (found a unmatched character immediately, or the size of the area
>> is very small), because memchr_inv() needs to generate a 64bit pattern
>> to compare before starting the loop.  I recalled that Eric Dumazet
>> pointed out it could generate the 64bit pattern more efficiently.
>> (
>> Even if that small scanning is slower, this change can be assumed cleanup
>> patch that simplifies the code.
> Well, I agree that it qualifies as cleanup as well, but we should at
> least make an attempt not to cause performance regression...
> So by my understanding, the use of memchr_inv() is on buffers of
> minimum length of 10 in this patch, so we're likely to have decent
> results. And memcmp() usage looks fine to me.

Sorry, I answered without checking memchr_inv() carefully. If the size
of buffer is less than 16 bytes, memchr_inv() scans for each byte as the
original code did. So it is unlikely to be slower in the most cases.

But I mentioned in the previous email, there are some problems in
memchr_inv(). I'll send the patch in a few days.

> So unless other concerns arise:
> Acked-by: Brian Norris <computersforpeace@xxxxxxxxx>

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