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SubjectRe: [PATCH] micro optimization in kernel/params.c; don't call to_module_kobject before we really have to.
On Sat, 29 Jan 2005, Brian Gerst wrote:

> Jesper Juhl wrote:
> > In kernel/params.c::module_attr_show and kernel/params.c::module_attr_store
> > we call to_module_kobject() and save the result in a local variable right
> > before a conditional statement that does not depend on the call to
> > to_module_kobject() and may cause the function to return. If the function
> > returns before we use the result of to_module_kobject() then the call is
> > just a waste of time. The patch moves the call to to_module_kobject() down
> > just before it is actually used, thus we save a call to the function in a
> > few cases. I doubt this is in any way measurable, but I see no reason to not
> > move the call - it should be an infinitesimal improvement with no ill
> > sideeffects.
> > Please consider applying.
> >
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Jesper Juhl <juhl-lkml@dif.dk>
> >
> > diff -up linux-2.6.11-rc2-bk7-orig/kernel/params.c
> > linux-2.6.11-rc2-bk7/kernel/params.c
> > --- linux-2.6.11-rc2-bk7-orig/kernel/params.c 2005-01-29 23:54:53.000000000
> > +0100
> > +++ linux-2.6.11-rc2-bk7/kernel/params.c 2005-01-30 00:27:08.000000000
> > +0100
> > @@ -625,11 +625,12 @@ static ssize_t module_attr_show(struct k
> > int ret;
> > attribute = to_module_attr(attr);
> > - mk = to_module_kobject(kobj);
> > if (!attribute->show)
> > return -EPERM;
> > + mk = to_module_kobject(kobj);
> > +
> > if (!try_module_get(mk->mod))
> > return -ENODEV;
> > @@ -649,11 +650,12 @@ static ssize_t module_attr_store(struct int
> > ret;
> > attribute = to_module_attr(attr);
> > - mk = to_module_kobject(kobj);
> > if (!attribute->store)
> > return -EPERM;
> > + mk = to_module_kobject(kobj);
> > +
> > if (!try_module_get(mk->mod))
> > return -ENODEV;
> >
> >
>
> I'd bet that the compiler already reorders the assignment since there is no
> side effect to to_module_kobject(). Even with a patch like this you can't
> control exactly when the assignment is done. There may not even be an
> assignment, since mk is a constant offset of kobj.
>
True, the compiler is free to be clever, but I still think it's best to
write the code in the most optimal way as seen from a C perspective.
I just took a look at the compiled object files with and without the
patch, and it makes no difference what-so-ever - gcc generates the exact
same code. So you are right, gcc is clever about it.
Hmm, it's Rusty's code as far as I can see, I'll leave it up to him to
apply the patch or not.

--
Jesper


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