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SubjectRe: [PATCH][RFC] swsusp: speed up image restoring on x86-64
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Hi,

On Friday, 21 of January 2005 00:06, Pavel Machek wrote:
> Hi!
>
> > > > The readability of code is also important, IMHO.
> > >
> > > It did not seem too much better to me.
> >
> > Well, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. :-)
> >
> > Still, it shrinks the code (22 lines vs 37 lines), it uses less GPRs (5 vs 7), it uses less
> > SIB arithmetics (0 vs 4 times), it uses a well known scheme for copying data pages.
> > As far as the result is concerned, it is equivalent to the existing code, but it's simpler
> > (and faster). IMO, simpler code is always easier to understand.
> >
> >
> > > > > If you want cheap way to speed it up, kill cr3 manipulation.
> > > >
> > > > Sure, but I think it's there for a reason.
> > >
> > > Reason is "to crash it early if we have wrong pagetables".
> > >
> > > > > Anyway, this is likely to clash with hugang's work; I'd prefer this not to be applied.
> > > >
> > > > I am aware of that, but you are not going to merge the hugang's patches soon, are you?
> > > > If necessary, I can change the patch to work with his code (hugang, what do you think?).
> > >
> > > I think it is just not worth the effort.
> >
> > Why? It won't take much time. I've spent more time for writing the messages
> > in this thread ... ;-)
>
> Well, I know that current code works. It was produced by C compiler,
> btw. Now, new code works for you, but it was not in kernel for 4
> releases, and... this code is pretty subtle.

Now, I'm confused. :-) It's roughly this:

struct pbe *pbe = pagedir_nosave, *end;
unsigned n = nr_copy_pages;
if (n) {
end = pbe + n;
do {
memcpy((void *)pbe->orig_address, (void *)pbe->address, PAGE_SIZE);
pbe++;
} while (pbe < end);
}
where memcpy() is of course a hand-written inline that includes the cr3 manipulation,
and pbe, end, n are registers.

> And it is hand-made, not C produced.

Yes, it is.

> So... your code may be better but I do not think it is so much better
> that I'd like to risk it.

Now, that's clear. :-)

Anyway, if anyone could test it or look at it and say a word, please do so.

Greets,
RJW


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