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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 2/5] sched_clock: Optimize cache line usage
On Sun, Feb 08, 2015 at 12:02:37PM +0000, Daniel Thompson wrote:
> Currently sched_clock(), a very hot code path, is not optimized to
> minimise its cache profile. In particular:
>
> 1. cd is not ____cacheline_aligned,
>
> 2. struct clock_data does not distinguish between hotpath and
> coldpath data, reducing locality of reference in the hotpath,
>
> 3. Some hotpath data is missing from struct clock_data and is marked
> __read_mostly (which more or less guarantees it will not share a
> cache line with cd).
>
> This patch corrects these problems by extracting all hotpath data
> into a separate structure and using ____cacheline_aligned to ensure
> the hotpath uses a single (64 byte) cache line.

Have you got any performance figures for this change, or is this just a
theoretical optimisation? It would be interesting to see what effect this
has on systems with 32-byte cachelines and also scenarios where there's
contention on the sequence counter.

Will


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