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SubjectRe: [GIT PULL] Update LZO compression
On 2012-08-15 16:45, Johannes Stezenbach wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 02:02:43PM +0200, Markus F.X.J. Oberhumer wrote:
>> On 2012-08-14 14:39, Johannes Stezenbach wrote:
>>> On Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 01:44:02AM +0200, Markus F.X.J. Oberhumer wrote:
>>>> On 2012-07-16 20:30, Markus F.X.J. Oberhumer wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>> As stated in the README this version is significantly faster (typically more
>>>>> than 2 times faster!) than the current version, has been thoroughly tested on
>>>>> x86_64/i386/powerpc platforms and is intended to get included into the
>>>>> official Linux 3.6 or 3.7 release.
>>>>>
>>>>> I encourage all compression users to test and benchmark this new version,
>>>>> and I also would ask some official LZO maintainer to convert the updated
>>>>> source files into a GIT commit and possibly push it to Linus or linux-next.
>>>
>>> Sorry for not reporting earlier, but I didn't have time to do real
>>> benchmarks, just a quick test on ARM926EJ-S using barebox,
>>> and found in the new version decompression is slower:
>>> http://lists.infradead.org/pipermail/barebox/2012-July/008268.html
>>
>> I can only guess, but maybe your ARM cpu does not have an efficient
>> implementation of {get,put}_unaligned().
>
> Yes, ARMv5 cannot do unaligned access. ARMv6+ could, but
> I think the Linux kernel normally traps it for debug,
> all ARM seem to use generic {get,put}_unaligned() implementation
> which use byte access and shift.

Hmm - I could imagine that we're wasting a lot of possible speed gain
by not exploiting that feature on ARMv6+.

>> Could you please try the following patch and test if you can see
>> any significant speed difference?
>
> It isn't. I made the attached quick hack userspace code
> using ARM kernel headers and barebox unlzop code.
> (new == your new code, old == linux-3.5 git, test == new + your suggested change)
> (sorry I had no time to clean it up)

My suggested COPY4 replacement probably has a lot of load stalls - maybe some
ARM expert could have a look and suggest a more efficient implementation.

In any case, I still would like to see the new code in linux-next because
of the huge improvements on other modern CPUs.

Cheers,
Markus

>
> I compressed a Linux Image with lzop (lzop <arch/arm/boot/Image >lzoimage)
> and timed uncompression:
>
> # time ./unlzopold <lzoimage >/dev/null
> real 0m 0.29s
> user 0m 0.19s
> sys 0m 0.10s
> # time ./unlzopold <lzoimage >/dev/null
> real 0m 0.29s
> user 0m 0.20s
> sys 0m 0.09s
> # time ./unlzopnew <lzoimage >/dev/null
> real 0m 0.41s
> user 0m 0.30s
> sys 0m 0.10s
> # time ./unlzopnew <lzoimage >/dev/null
> real 0m 0.40s
> user 0m 0.30s
> sys 0m 0.10s
> # time ./unlzopnew <lzoimage >/dev/null
> real 0m 0.40s
> user 0m 0.29s
> sys 0m 0.11s
> # time ./unlzoptest <lzoimage >/dev/null
> real 0m 0.39s
> user 0m 0.28s
> sys 0m 0.11s
> # time ./unlzoptest <lzoimage >/dev/null
> real 0m 0.39s
> user 0m 0.27s
> sys 0m 0.11s
> # time ./unlzoptest <lzoimage >/dev/null
> real 0m 0.39s
> user 0m 0.27s
> sys 0m 0.11s
>
> FWIW I also checked the sha1sum to confirm the Image uncompressed OK.
>
>
> Johannes

--
Markus Oberhumer, <markus@oberhumer.com>, http://www.oberhumer.com/


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