From: David Laight <david.lai...@aculab.com> Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:12:06 +0000
> From: Shannon Nelson >> Sent: 16 March 2017 00:18 >> To: David Laight; net...@vger.kernel.org; da...@davemloft.net >> On 3/15/2017 1:50 AM, David Laight wrote: >> > From: Shannon Nelson >> >> Sent: 14 March 2017 17:25 >> > ... >> >> + if (unlikely(is_multicast_ether_addr(eth_hdr(skb)->h_dest))) >> >> + dev->stats.multicast++; >> > >> > I'd guess that: >> > dev->stats.multicast += is_multicast_ether_addr(eth_hdr(skb)->h_dest); >> > generates faster code. >> > Especially if is_multicast_ether_addr(x) is (*x >> 7). > > I'd clearly got brain-fade there, mcast bit is the first transmitted bit > (on ethernet) but the bytes are sent LSB first (like async). >> > David >> >> Hi David, thanks for the comment. My local instruction level >> performance guru is on vacation this week so I can't do a quick check >> with him today on this. However, I"m not too worried here since the >> inline code for is_multicast_ether_addr() is simply >> >> return 0x01 & addr; >> >> and objdump tells me that on sparc it compiles down to a simple single >> byte load and compare: >> >> 325c: c2 08 80 03 ldub [ %g2 + %g3 ], %g1 >> 3260: 80 88 60 01 btst 1, %g1 >> 3264: 32 60 00 b3 bne,a,pn %xcc, 3530 <vnet_rx_one+0x430> >> 3268: c2 5c 61 68 ldx [ %l1 + 0x168 ], %g1 >> dev->stats.multicast++; > > Followed by a branch that might be marked 'assume taken' so the > normal path takes the branch. The branch is predicted not taken, so the fallthrough happens most often. And this is optimal for most Niagara parts as taken branches make the cpu thread yield whereas non-taken branches do not. But this is such a petty thing to be discussing compared to the substance of this person's changes. David, I really wish you wouldn't waste people's time with this stuff. Maybe if you had to review hundreds of networking patches every day like I do, you would start to understand the costs of the interference you place into the review process when you bring up such small matters like this all the time. I'd much rather you review the substance of a person's changes, because that actually helps things more forward. If you want to micro optimize then _do it on your own time_, submit patches that do the micro optimization, and have it go through the review process like everyone else's changes. I very much appreciate your cooperation on this matter. Thanks.