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SubjectRe: [benchmark] 1% performance overhead of paravirt_ops on native kernels

> I think you're missing the point of Rusty's benchmark. I see his exercise as
> "compare a kernel configured as a distro would vs a custom-built kernel
> configured for the exact target environment". In that light, questions about
> the CONFIG options Rusty used should be based on whether most distros would
> use them in their stock kernels as opposed to how necessary they are.

Well. The test ran on a machine with so much memory that you need
HIGHMEM to use it all. I think it also was SMP. So a custom kernel for
*that* machine would certainly include SMP and HIGHMEM ...

> What I see as the message of his benchmark is if you care about performance
> you should be customizing your kernel anyway.

Sure. That wouldn't include turning off HIGHMEM and SMP though because
you need them to make full use of your hardware. While it might be
interesting by itself to see what the overhead of these config options
is, it is IMHO quite pointless *in the context of this discussion*.

All the other options (namespaces, audit, statistics, whatnot) are
different: You check whenever you want that $feature, if not you can
turn it off. Distros tend to have them all turned on. So looking at
the overhead of these config options when enabled + unused (and compare
to the paravirt overhead) is certainly a valid thing.


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