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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH 02/10] mm: Remove likely() from mapping_unevictable()
On Mon, Dec 06, 2010 at 09:22:13PM -0500, Steven Rostedt wrote:
> [ Resending to Nick's real email ]
>
>
> From: Steven Rostedt <srostedt@redhat.com>
>
> The mapping_unevictable() has a likely() around the mapping parameter.
> This mapping parameter comes from page_mapping() which has an
> unlikely() that the page will be set as PAGE_MAPPING_ANON, and if
> so, it will return NULL. One would think that this unlikely() means
> that the mapping returned by page_mapping() would not be NULL, but
> where page_mapping() is used just above mapping_unevictable(), that
> unlikely() is incorrect most of the time. This means that the
> "likely(mapping)" in mapping_unevictable() is incorrect most of the
> time.
>
> Running the annotated branch profiler on my main box which runs firefox,
> evolution, xchat and is part of my distcc farm, I had this:
>
> correct incorrect % Function File Line
> ------- --------- - -------- ---- ----
> 12872836 1269443893 98 mapping_unevictable pagemap.h 51
> 35935762 1270265395 97 page_mapping mm.h 659
> 1306198001 143659 0 page_mapping mm.h 657
> 203131478 121586 0 page_mapping mm.h 657
> 5415491 1116 0 page_mapping mm.h 657
> 74899487 1116 0 page_mapping mm.h 657
> 203132845 224 0 page_mapping mm.h 659
> 5415464 27 0 page_mapping mm.h 659
> 13552 0 0 page_mapping mm.h 657
> 13552 0 0 page_mapping mm.h 659
> 242630 0 0 page_mapping mm.h 657
> 242630 0 0 page_mapping mm.h 659
> 74899487 0 0 page_mapping mm.h 659
>
> The page_mapping() is a static inline, which is why it shows up multiple
> times. The mapping_unevictable() is also a static inline but seems to
> be used only once in my setup.
>
> The unlikely in page_mapping() was correct a total of 1909540379 times and
> incorrect 1270533123 times, with a 39% being incorrect. Perhaps this is
> enough to remove the unlikely from page_mapping() as well.

I think so. We don't have good guidelines or empirical numbers on this,
unfortunately, but I think it would be somewhere over 90%, given that it
tends to add jumps to and from out of line icache in the incorrect case.

Acked-by: Nick Piggin <npiggin@kernel.dk>



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