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SubjectRe: [PATCH v1 00/16] ext4: Add metadata checksumming
>>>>> "Andi" == Andi Kleen <> writes:

Andi> Doesn't have any performance numbers.

It's been a while since I read them. I thought they had some compelling
numbers. Anyway, made a big difference in real life testing here. For
sustained I/O we're talking an order of magnitude.

Andi> You need to keep in mind that PCLMULQDQ uses FPU state, so any
Andi> speedup for the kernel must be large enough to amortize the cost
Andi> of saving the FPU state.

Yeah, my test cases were for bulk database I/O, not for writing a
handful of fs metadata blocks. Plus for the DB tests the CRC was
generated in userland.

I seem to recall Joel picking something other than the hw-accelerated
CRC32C for ocfs2 metadata and that didn't cause any problems.

That said, I do see a difference between IP checksum and CRC on normal
FS workloads with DIX enabled here.

Andi> Typically that only works out for quite large buffers, but kernel
Andi> buffers are relatively small.


Martin K. Petersen Oracle Linux Engineering

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