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SubjectRe: sse for fast_clear_page()?
Arjan van de Ven wrote:
>
> In article <3A82D325.9068BC07@colorfullife.com> you wrote:
> > fast_clear_page() uses mmx instructions for clearing a page, what about
> > using sse instructions?
> > sse instructions can store 128 bit in one instruction, mmx only 64 bit.
>
> the sse FP registers might be lossy.

I thought that too, thus I only implemented memset(,0,) with sse.

But then I found this document on Intel website:
http://developer.intel.com/software/idap/media/pdf/copy.pdf

Intel recommends using sse registers for generic memcopy - they can't be
lossy.

> On my athlon, the in-kernel mmx
> functions are memory-bound (eg > 1 Gbyte/sec throughput)
>
You are using an Athlon with SDRAM?

A Pentium 4 has a 3.2 GB memory bus and I saw a benchmark that compared
mmx and sse memmove, and sse was _much_ faster.

I've implemented a user space sse copy_page, and:

* mmx is the slowest version! (~12000 cpu ticks/page).
* movsd is slightly faster (~11850 cpu ticks/page). Probably due to the
special 'rep movsd' optimization in the Pentium III (cpu notices that
ecx is large and switches to a cache line copy mode).
* sse is the fastest version (~ 11500 cpu ticks/page)

Everything with cold caches.

> Userspace program for the athlon code:
>
> http://www.fenrus.demon.nl/athlon.c
>
I'll check it.

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Manfred
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