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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/3] netfilter : 3 patches to boost ip_tables performance
On Wed, Sep 21, 2005 at 11:29:13PM +0200, Eric Dumazet wrote:
> Patch 1/3
> 1) No more one rwlock_t protecting the 'curtain'

I have no problem with this change "per se", but with the

As of now, we live without any ugly #ifdef CONFIG_SMP / #endif sections
in the code - and if possible, I would continue this good tradition.

For example the get_counters() function. Wouldn't all the smp specific
code (for_each_cpu(), ...) be #defined to nothing anyway?

And if we really need the #ifdef's, I would appreciate if those
sectionas are as small as possible. in get_counters() the section can
definitely be smaller, rather than basically having the whole function
body separate for smp and non-smp cases.

Also, how much would we loose in runtime performance if we were using a
"rwlock_t *" even in the UP case?. I mean, it's just one more pointer
dereference of something that is expected to be in cache anyway, isn't
it? This gets rid of another huge set of #ifdefs that make the code
unreadable and prone to errors being introduced later on.

- Harald Welte <>
"Fragmentation is like classful addressing -- an interesting early
architectural error that shows how much experimentation was going
on while IP was being designed." -- Paul Vixie
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