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SubjectRe: [patch 10/10] Scheduler profiling - Use immediate values
On Sat, Jul 07, 2007 at 07:20:12PM +0200, Willy Tarreau wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 07, 2007 at 07:01:57PM +0200, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> > On Sat, Jul 07, 2007 at 11:45:20AM -0400, Frank Ch. Eigler wrote:
>...
> > You always have to decide between some debug code and some small bit of
> > performance. There's a reason why options to disable things like BUG()
> > or printk() are in the kernel config menus hidden behind CONFIG_EMBEDDED
> > although they obviously have some performance impact.
>
> It is not for the CPU performance they can be disabled, but for the code
> size which is a real problem on embedded system. While you often have
> mem/cpu_mhz ratios around 1GB/1GHz on servers and desktops, you more often
> have ratios like 16MB/500MHz which is 1:32 of the former. That's why you
> optimize for size at the expense of speed on such systems.

The latter is not true for my two examples.

CONFIG_PRINTK=n, CONFIG_BUG=n will obviously make the kernel both
smaller and faster. [1]

> Regards,
> Willy

cu
Adrian

[1] faster due to less code to execute and positive cache effects due to
the smaller code [2]
[2] whether the "faster" is big enough that it is in any way measurable
is a different question

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