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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH] x86/asm/irq: Don't use POPF but STI
On Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 02:45:58PM +0200, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> From 6f01f6381e8293c360b7a89f516b8605e357d563 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
> From: Ingo Molnar <mingo@kernel.org>
> Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:32:13 +0200
> Subject: [PATCH] x86/asm/irq: Don't use POPF but STI
>
> So because the POPF instruction is slow and STI is faster on
> essentially all x86 CPUs that matter, instead of:
>
> ffffffff81891848: 9d popfq
>
> we can do:
>
> ffffffff81661a2e: 41 f7 c4 00 02 00 00 test $0x200,%r12d
> ffffffff81661a35: 74 01 je ffffffff81661a38 <snd_pcm_stream_unlock_irqrestore+0x28>
> ffffffff81661a37: fb sti
> ffffffff81661a38:
>
> This bloats the kernel a bit, by about 1K on the 64-bit defconfig:
>
> text data bss dec hex filename
> 12258634 1812120 1085440 15156194 e743e2 vmlinux.before
> 12259582 1812120 1085440 15157142 e74796 vmlinux.after
>
> the other cost is the extra branching, adding extra pressure to the
> branch prediction hardware and also potential branch misses.

Do we care? After we enable interrupts, we'll most likely go somewhere
cache "cold" anyway, so the branch misses will happen anyway.

The question is, would the cost drop from POPF -> STI cover the increase
in branch misses overhead?

Hmm, interesting.

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