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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/4] Add support for LZ4-compressed kernels
On Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 11:29:14PM -0500, Nicolas Pitre wrote:
> On Mon, 28 Jan 2013, Andrew Morton wrote:
>
> > On Sat, 26 Jan 2013 14:50:43 +0900
> > Kyungsik Lee <kyungsik.lee@lge.com> wrote:
> >
> > > This patchset is for supporting LZ4 compressed kernel and initial ramdisk on
> > > the x86 and ARM architectures.
> > >
> > > According to http://code.google.com/p/lz4/, LZ4 is a very fast lossless
> > > compression algorithm and also features an extremely fast decoder.
> > >
> > > Kernel Decompression APIs are based on implementation by Yann Collet
> > > (http://code.google.com/p/lz4/source/checkout).
> > > De/compression Tools are also provided from the site above.
> > >
> > > The initial test result on ARM(v7) based board shows that the size of kernel
> > > with LZ4 compressed is 8% bigger than LZO compressed but the decompressing
> > > speed is faster(especially under the enabled unaligned memory access).
> > >
> > > Test: 3.4 based kernel built with many modules
> > > Uncompressed kernel size: 13MB
> > > lzo: 6.3MB, 301ms
> > > lz4: 6.8MB, 251ms(167ms, with enabled unaligned memory access)
> >
> > What's this "with enabled unaligned memory access" thing? You mean "if
> > the arch supports CONFIG_HAVE_EFFICIENT_UNALIGNED_ACCESS"? If so,
> > that's only x86, which isn't really in the target market for this
> > patch, yes?
>
> I'm guessing this is referring to commit 5010192d5a.
>
> > It's a lot of code for a 50ms boot-time improvement. Does anyone have
> > any opinions on whether or not the benefits are worth the cost?
>
> Well, we used to have only one compressed format. Now we have nearly
> half a dozen, with the same worthiness issue between themselves.
> Either we keep it very simple, or we make it very flexible. The former
> would argue in favor of removing some of the existing formats, the later
> would let this new format in.

This reminded me to check the status of the lzo update and it
seems it got lost?
http://lkml.org/lkml/2012/10/3/144

(Cc: added, I hope Markus still cares and someone could
eventually take his patch once he resends it.)

Johannes


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