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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 0/4] sched_clock: Optimize and avoid deadlock during read from NMI
On 01/30, Daniel Thompson wrote:
> This patchset optimizes the generic sched_clock implementation to
> significantly reduce the data cache profile. It also makes it safe to call
> sched_clock() from NMI (or FIQ on ARM).
>
> The data cache profile of sched_clock() in both the original code and
> my previous patch was somewhere between 2 and 3 (64-byte) cache lines,
> depending on alignment of struct clock_data. After patching, the cache
> profile for the normal case should be a single cacheline.
>
> NMI safety was tested on i.MX6 with perf drowning the system in FIQs and
> using the perf handler to check that sched_clock() returned monotonic
> values. At the same time I forcefully reduced kt_wrap so that
> update_sched_clock() is being called at >1000Hz.
>
> Without the patches the above system is grossly unstable, surviving
> [9K,115K,25K] perf event cycles during three separate runs. With the
> patch I ran for over 9M perf event cycles before getting bored.

I wanted to see if there was any speedup from these changes so I
made a tight loop around sched_clock() that ran for 10 seconds
and I ran it 10 times before and after this patch series:

unsigned long long clock, start_clock;
int count = 0;

clock = start_clock = sched_clock();
while ((clock - start_clock) < 10ULL * NSEC_PER_SEC) {
clock = sched_clock();
count++;
}

pr_info("Made %d calls in %llu ns\n", count, clock - start_clock);

Before
------
Made 19218953 calls in 10000000439 ns
Made 19212790 calls in 10000000438 ns
Made 19217121 calls in 10000000142 ns
Made 19227304 calls in 10000000142 ns
Made 19217559 calls in 10000000142 ns
Made 19230193 calls in 10000000290 ns
Made 19212715 calls in 10000000290 ns
Made 19234446 calls in 10000000438 ns
Made 19226274 calls in 10000000439 ns
Made 19236118 calls in 10000000143 ns

After
-----
Made 19434797 calls in 10000000438 ns
Made 19435733 calls in 10000000439 ns
Made 19434499 calls in 10000000438 ns
Made 19438482 calls in 10000000438 ns
Made 19435604 calls in 10000000142 ns
Made 19438551 calls in 10000000438 ns
Made 19444550 calls in 10000000290 ns
Made 19437580 calls in 10000000290 ns
Made 19439429 calls in 10000048142 ns
Made 19439493 calls in 10000000438 ns

So it seems to be a small improvement.

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