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Subjectregression: sysctl_check changes in 2.6.24 are O(n) resulting in slow creation of 10000 network interfaces
Hello folks,

2.6.24-rc6 regresses on the 10000 network interface creation test relative to
2.6.23. The cause appears to be the new code in sysctl_check_lookup(), which
shows up as the #1 item while profiling. Is a revert of this new code
possible until its scaling issues are fixed? 2.6.23 can do more than 100 new
network interfaces per second for the first few thousand devices, but with
2.6.24-rc6 the results drop off rather dramatically to less than 10 interfaces
per second. The 10000 interface test is unbearable with the new sysctl_check
code.
time to creat 100 more interfaces
interfaces v2.6.24-rc6 sysctl_check disabled
0 0.729s 0.222s
100 1.791s 0.223s
200 3.966s 0.230s
300 7.460s 0.236s
400 10.747s 0.241s
500 13.633s 0.252s

samples % app name symbol name
524598 33.4231 vmlinux sysctl_check_lookup
297996 18.9859 vmlinux cpu_idle
130263 8.2993 vmlinux __rcu_pending
123953 7.8973 vmlinux sysctl_head_next
121691 7.7532 vmlinux quicklist_trim
89624 5.7101 vmlinux strcmp
87257 5.5593 vmlinux rcu_pending
78475 4.9998 vmlinux poll_idle
43721 2.7855 vmlinux check_pgt_cache
34454 2.1951 vmlinux sysctl_parent
7494 0.4775 vmlinux rt_run_flush

-ben


diff --git a/kernel/sysctl_check.c b/kernel/sysctl_check.c
index a68425a..a4468e2 100644
--- a/kernel/sysctl_check.c
+++ b/kernel/sysctl_check.c
@@ -1459,6 +1459,8 @@ static void sysctl_check_bin_path(struct ctl_table *table, const char **fail)
int sysctl_check_table(struct ctl_table *table)
{
int error = 0;
+ return 0;
+
for (; table->ctl_name || table->procname; table++) {
const char *fail = NULL;


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