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SubjectRe: [PATCH] convert cnt32_to_63 to inline
On Tue, 11 Nov 2008, Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:

> * Nicolas Pitre (nico@cam.org) wrote:
> > That hasn't anything to do with "a macro is faster" at all. It's all
> > about the order used to evaluate provided arguments. And the first one
> > might be anything like a memory value, an IO operation, an expression,
> > etc. An inline function would work correctly with pointers only and
> > therefore totally break apart on x86 for example.
> >
> >
> > Nicolas
>
> Let's see what it gives once implemented. Only compile-tested. Assumes
> pxa, sa110 and mn10300 are all UP-only. Correct smp_rmb() are used for
> arm versatile.
>
> Turn cnt32_to_63 into an inline function.
> Change all callers to new API.
> Document barrier usage.

Look, I'm not interested at all into this mess.

The _WHOLE_ point of the cnt32_to_63 macro was to abstract and
encapsulate the subtlety of the algorithm. It initially started as an
open coded implementation in PXA's sched_clock(). Then I was asked to
make it a macro that can be reused for other ARM platforms. Then David
wanted to reuse it on other platforms than ARM.

Now you are simply destroying all the value of having that macro in the
first place. The argument is that the macro could be misused because it
has a static variable inside it, etc. etc. The solution: spread the
subtlety all around instead of keeping it into the macro and risk having
it wrong or broken due to future changes surrounding it in the future.
And it _will_ happen due to the increased exposure making the whole idea
even more fragile compared to having it concentrated in only one spot.
This is a total non sense and I can't believe you truly think your patch
makes things better...

You're even disabling preemption where it is really unneeded making the
whole thing about the double its initial cost. Look at the generated
assembly and count the cycles if you don't believe me!

No thank you. If this trend continues I'm going to make it back private
to ARM again so you could pessimize your own code as much as you want.

NACK.


Nicolas


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