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SubjectRe: [Lguest] [PATCH RFC/RFB] x86_64, i386: interrupt dispatch changes
Alexander van Heukelum wrote:
> I now did the benchmarks for the same -rc6 with hpa's 4-byte stubs
> too. Same machine. It's significantly better than the other two
> options in terms of speed. It takes about 7% less cpu to handle
> the interrupts. (0.64% cpu instead of 0.69%.) I have to run now,
> I'll let interpreting the histogram to someone else ;).

This is noise. 0.05% cpu on a 1GHz machine servicing 1000 interrupt/sec
boils down to 500 cycles/interrupt. These changes shouldn't amount to
so much (and I doubt you have 1000 interrupts/sec with a single disk)..

I'm sorry, but the whole effort is misguided, in my opinion. If you
want to optimize, try reducing the number of interrupts that occur
rather than saving a few cycles in the interrupt path.

I have a truly marvellous patch that fixes the bug which this
signature is too narrow to contain.

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