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SubjectRe: [PATCH 29/38] tick-sched: remove wrapper around __tick_nohz_task_switch()
On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 10:15:24AM +0530, Viresh Kumar wrote:
> On 15 April 2014 04:52, Frederic Weisbecker <> wrote:
> > On Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 09:53:51PM +0530, Viresh Kumar wrote:
> >> __tick_nohz_task_switch() was called only from tick_nohz_task_switch() and there
> >> is nothing much in tick_nohz_task_switch() as well. IOW, we don't need
> >> unnecessary wrapper over __tick_nohz_task_switch() to be there. Merge all code
> >> from __tick_nohz_task_switch() into tick_nohz_task_switch() and move it to
> >> tick-sched.c.
> >>
> >> This also moves check for tick_nohz_tick_stopped() outside of irq_save()
> >> context.
> >
> > No, the wrapper is there on purpose in order to optimize the full dynticks off case in
> > the context switch path with the jump label'ed check on tick_nohz_full_enabled().
> Just to clarify, you are saying that:
> Wrapper was there to save an extra function call when tick_nohz_full_enabled()
> returns false, as tick_nohz_task_switch() will be inlined ?

Yeah. But not just that.

Using an inline saves a function call and reduce the offline case to a simple
condition check. But there is also the jump label that reduce the condition check
to an unconditional jump in the off case.

To summarize, here's how calling tick_nohz_task_switch() maps to final C code:

//do things before calling tick_nohz_task_switch()...
// call tick_nohz_task_switch
goto offcase;
if (tick_nohz_full_enabled())
//end of call to tick_nohz_task_switch
//do things before calling tick_nohz_task_switch()...

In the offcase, the code is like above. We don't even do the check, thanks to
the jump label code we unconditionally jump to what's next in finish_task_switch()
(there is actually nothing afterward but that's for the picture).

Now if there is at least a CPU that is full dynticks on boot, it is enabled
with context_tracking_cpu_set(). Then the jump label code patches the code in
finish_task_switch() to turn the goto offcase into a nop. Then the condition is
actually verified on every call to finish_task_switch().

So it goes beyond than just saving a function call.

> In this case probably we can move !can_stop_full_tick() as well to the wrapper ?

Do you mean moving all the code of __tick_nohz_task_switch() to tick_nohz_task_switch()?
I much prefer we don't do that. This is going to make can_stop_full_tick() a publicly
visible nohz internal. And it may uglify tick.h as well.

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