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SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/10] jump label: introduce very_[un]likely + cleanups + docs

* Jason Baron <jbaron@redhat.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 06:18:42PM -0500, Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:
> > * Ingo Molnar (mingo@elte.hu) wrote:
> > >
> > > * Ingo Molnar <mingo@elte.hu> wrote:
> > >
> > > > So, a modified scheme would be:
> > > >
> > > > #include <linux/static_key.h>
> > > >
> > > > struct static_key key = STATIC_KEY_INIT_TRUE;
> > > >
> > > > if (static_key_false(&key))
> > > > do unlikely code
> > > > else
> > > > do likely code
> > > >
> > > > Or:
> > > >
> > > > if (static_key_true(&key))
> > > > do likely code
> > > > else
> > > > do unlikely code
> > > >
> > > > The static key is modified via:
> > > >
> > > > static_key_slow_inc(&key);
> > > > ...
> > > > static_key_slow_dec(&key);
> > > >
> > > > Is that API fine? I'll rework the series to such an effect if
> > > > everyone agrees.
> > >
> > > I.e. something like the patch below on top of
> > > tip:perf/jump-labels.
> > >
> > > Untested - will test it and will refactor the series if
> > > everyone's happy.
> >
> > Hi Ingo,
> >
> > Reading your documentation updates makes me realise that adding the
> > "inline" keyword in there would make the whole thing even clearer:
> >
> > struct static_key key = STATIC_KEY_INLINE_TRUE_INIT;
> > struct static_key key = STATIC_KEY_INLINE_FALSE_INIT;
> >
> > static_key_inline_true() / static_key_inline_false()
> >
> > to show that the "true/false" in there does not mean that the key will
> > always be true or false (the key value can indeed by changed by calling
> > static_key_slow_inc/dec), but that the inlined path is either the true
> > of false branch.
> >
>
> Also, as part of the API, there is a test to check the branch
> direction - which was 'jump_label_true(key)', but is now also
> 'static_key_true(key)', [...]

Yeah, there is such an overlap - I've renamed it to
static_key_enabled(), which makes sense anyway as the original
was jump_label_enabled()..

Btw., shouldnt it be an inline function? Currently it's:

bool static_key_enabled(struct static_key *key)
{
return (atomic_read(&key->enabled) > 0);
}
which is the perfect candidate for inlining. The difference to
static_key_true() is the lack of the jump label patching and the
lack of an unlikely() hint.

> [...] so we are going to have to change either the branch site
> or the test for true/false name. The above
> 'static_key_inline_true/false' solves that.

It's generally good practice to make the mostly commonly used
method names the simplest/shortest names - i.e. I don't think we
should make it longer via adding an _inline to every use.

In that sense static_key_true() has pretty optimal length - we'd
like these tests to also be visually unintrusive.

So in the latest patch (still under testing, will push it out
soon) we have:

static_key_true()
static_key_false()
static_key_enabled()

> Also, I do like having a consistent 'static_key_*' prefix for
> the entire API - definitely an improvement for me.

Yeah.

Thanks,

Ingo


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