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    SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH] Faster generic_fls
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    Linus Torvalds <torvalds@transmeta.com> writes:

    > Classic mistake. Lookup tables are only faster in benchmarks, they
    > are almost always slower in real life. You only need to miss in the
    > cache _once_ on the lookup to lose all the time you won on the
    > previous one hundred calls.

    It seems to me if you call the function so seldom the table drops out
    of the cache, it is irrelevant how long it takes anyway.

    > "Small and simple" is almost always better than the alternatives.

    Well, if a lookup table isn't "small and simple", I don't know what
    is.

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