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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH 1/6] kconfigurable resources core changes
Vivek Goyal wrote:
> On Tue, May 09, 2006 at 02:33:48PM -0500, Kumar Gala wrote:
>> On May 5, 2006, at 12:28 PM, Vivek Goyal wrote:
>>
>>>
>>> o Core changes for Kconfigurable memory and IO resources. By
>>> default resources
>>> are 64bit until chosen to be 32bit.
>>>
>>> o Last time I posted the patches for 64bit memory resources but it
>>> raised
>>> the concerns regarding code bloat on 32bit systems who use 32 bit
>>> resources.
>>>
>>> o This patch-set allows resources to be kconfigurable.
>>>
>>> o I have done cross compilation on i386, x86_64, ppc, powerpc,
>>> sparc, sparc64
>>> ia64 and alpha.
>>>
>>> Signed-off-by: Vivek Goyal <vgoyal@in.ibm.com>
>>> ---
>> [snip]
>>
>> I didn't think the bloat was a big issue based on the numbers you
>> reported. I'd still prefer to see us just move to a 64-bit resource
>> on all systems.
>
> I had also thought that bloat was not a big issue but Andrew thinks
> otherwise. Here is the link to the thread.
>
> http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=linux-kernel&m=114626907106986&w=2
> http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=linux-kernel&m=114635425606186&w=2
>
> In the latest patches, 64bit resources are default but one can force
> these to be 32bit.
>

This may sound like a dumb question, but aside from code bloat, what are
the performance issues involved in running 64-bit resources on 32-bit
systems? AKA, does it kill us x86 users to not have this switch, and by
what kind of margin? You can point if it's been said and I just haven't
found it; I didn't see performance discussion in the last submission.

Thanks!
Matt

> Thanks
> Vivek
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