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SubjectRe: [PATCH] hashed device lookup (New Benchmarks)
Andi Kleen wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 08, 2001 at 04:23:41PM +0100, Ben Greear wrote:
> > I don't argue that ifconfig shouldn't be fixed, but the hash speeds up
> It's already fixed since months. There was one stupid algorithm, which
> I was to blame for when I changed ifconfig to use a device list two years ago.

The benchmark was run against this one:
[root@candle lanforge]# ifconfig --version
net-tools 1.57
ifconfig 1.40 (2000-05-21)

The latest I could find anywhere.... Please tell me the version of a
newer one if it exists.

> > ip by about 2X too. Is that not useful enough? ip seems to be implemented
> > pretty efficient, so if the hash helps it significantly then maybe it
> > can help other efficient programs too. Notice that it is the system
> > (ie kernel) time that stays remarkably flat with the hash + ip graph.
> Just does your benchmark represent anything that real users do frequently ?

I'm going to write something that binds to a raw device, which is something
users (DHCP, for sure) does. If it does not show any significant improvement,
then I'll drop the issue untill many-many interfaces are more common.

> If you really want to optimize I'm sure there are lots of areas in the kernel
> where your efforts are better spent ;) [just run with a the kernel profiler on
> for a few days on your box and look at all the real hot spots]

I was just trying to smooth VLAN's adoption into the kernel by removing the
one linear-lookup that I know of relating to lots of VLANs. It obviously
isn't horribly important, but it was fun :)

> BTW, if you just want to optimize ip link ls speed it would be probably enough
> to keep a one behind cache that just caches the next member after the last
> search.

That is still linear in the kernel...or do you mean cache in the kernel? At any
rate, I'm more concerned about random access.

> -Andi

Ben Greear (
Author of ScryMUD: 4444 (Released under GPL)
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