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SubjectRe: 2.6.16-rc6-mm2

* Andi Kleen <ak@suse.de> wrote:

> > below is an updated patch that includes fixups for i386 - but the real
> > fix should be to properly reduce the per-arch local.h footprint to the
> > bare minimum possible, and to do this fix on the asm-generic headers.
>
> I think an even better approach would be to use local_save_flags() /
> local_restore_flags () and then use a normal increment and get rid of
> smp_processor_id completely.

local_irq_save()/local_irq_restore() you must have meant :-)

> I've never seen any evidence that the complex and bloated code
> generated by this is any better that just enabling/disabling
> interrupts.
>
> In the x86 world P4 has costly cli/sti, but I wouldn't expect that
> problem to be very widespread.

i think you are right - but if someone goes the trouble of implementing
per-arch support for local increments then i'm not against it. (except
if the generated code is grossly inefficient) There are architectures
where cli/sti hurts alot.

In any case, on x86 we should switch to a cli/sti implementation indeed
- it will quite likely have alot smaller footprint than __per_cpu_offset
based approaches.

Although on x86_64 we'd probably be pretty OK if all per-cpu variables
were in the PDA and were thus at a constant %gs-relative offset. But for
now we only have data_offset in the PDA so there's one more unnecessary
indirection.

Ingo
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