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SubjectRe: [PATCH] tracing: Cleanup the convoluted softirq tracepoints
On 10/19/2010 12:49 PM, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
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> So that saves _TWO_ bytes of text and replaces:
>
> - 1e: 83 3d 00 00 00 00 00 cmpl $0x0,0x0(%rip) # 25<test+0x25>
> - 25: 74 4d je 74<test+0x74>
> + 1e: e9 00 00 00 00 jmpq 23<test+0x23>
> + 23: eb 4d jmp 72<test+0x72>
>
> So it trades a conditional vs. two jumps ? WTF ??
>
> I thought that jumplabel magic was supposed to get rid of the jump
> over the tracing code ? In fact it adds another jump. Whatfor ?

The 'asm goto' construct in GCC-4.5 is deficient in this area.

GCC assumes that all exit paths from an 'asm goto' are equally likely,
so the tracing (or dynamic printk etc.) code is assumed to be hot and is
emitted inline. Since they are inline like this, there are all these
jumps around them and they pollute the I-Cache.

I was looking at fixing it, but I think a true general purpose fix would
require enhancing GCC's grammar to allow specifying of the 'likelyness'
of each exit path from 'asm goto'.

David Daney

>
> Now even worse, when you NOP out the jmpq then your tracepoint is
> still not enabled. Brilliant !
>
> Did you guys ever look at the assembly output of that insane shite you
> are advertising with lengthy explanations ?
>
> Obviously _NOT_
>
> Come back when you can show me a clean imlementation of all this crap
> which reproduces with my jumplabel enabled stock compiler. And please
> just send me a patch w/o the blurb.
>
> And sane looks like:
>
> jmpq 2f<---- This gets noped out
> 1:
> mov %r12,%rdi
> callq *(%r12)
> [whatever cleanup it takes ]
> leaveq
> retq
>
> 2f:
> [tracing gunk]
> jmp 1b
>
> And further I want to see the tracing gunk in a minimal size so the
> net/core/dev.c deinlining does not happen.
>
> Thanks,
>
> tglx
>
> P.S.: It might be helpful and polite if you'd take off your tracing
> blinkers from time to time.
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