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SubjectRe: [PATCH] arm64: Increase the max granular size
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On 09/25/2015 07:45 AM, Robert Richter wrote:
> Will,
>
> On 22.09.15 19:29:02, Will Deacon wrote:
>> On Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 06:59:48PM +0100, Robert Richter wrote:
>>> From: Tirumalesh Chalamarla <tchalamarla@cavium.com>
>>>
>>> Increase the standard cacheline size to avoid having locks in the same
>>> cacheline.
>>>
>>> Cavium's ThunderX core implements cache lines of 128 byte size. With
>>> current granulare size of 64 bytes (L1_CACHE_SHIFT=6) two locks could
>>> share the same cache line leading a performance degradation.
>>> Increasing the size fixes that.
>> Do you have an example of that happening?
> I did some 'poor man's kernel build all modules benchmarking' and
> could not find significant performance improvements so far (second
> part with the patch reverted):
>
> build-allmodules-4.2.0-01404-g5818d6e89783.log:real 7m10.490s
> build-allmodules-4.2.0-01404-g5818d6e89783.log:real 6m59.747s
> build-allmodules-4.2.0-01404-g5818d6e89783.log:real 6m59.264s
> build-allmodules-4.2.0-01404-g5818d6e89783.log:real 7m0.435s
> build-allmodules-4.2.0-01404-g5818d6e89783.log:real 6m59.569s
> build-allmodules-4.2.0-01404-g5818d6e89783.log:real 6m59.274s
> build-allmodules-4.2.0-01404-g5818d6e89783.log:real 7m0.507s
> build-allmodules-4.2.0-01404-g5818d6e89783.log:real 7m1.551s
> build-allmodules-4.2.0-01404-g5818d6e89783.log:real 6m59.073s
> build-allmodules-4.2.0-01404-g5818d6e89783.log:real 7m1.738s
>
> build-allmodules-4.2.0-01406-g638c69fddc40.log:real 7m10.644s
> build-allmodules-4.2.0-01406-g638c69fddc40.log:real 6m59.814s
> build-allmodules-4.2.0-01406-g638c69fddc40.log:real 7m0.315s
> build-allmodules-4.2.0-01406-g638c69fddc40.log:real 6m59.610s
> build-allmodules-4.2.0-01406-g638c69fddc40.log:real 6m59.885s
> build-allmodules-4.2.0-01406-g638c69fddc40.log:real 6m59.281s
> build-allmodules-4.2.0-01406-g638c69fddc40.log:real 7m0.869s
> build-allmodules-4.2.0-01406-g638c69fddc40.log:real 7m0.953s
> build-allmodules-4.2.0-01406-g638c69fddc40.log:real 7m0.787s
> build-allmodules-4.2.0-01406-g638c69fddc40.log:real 7m0.656s
>
> I will check what kind of workloads this patch was written for.
> Tirumalesh, any idea?

mainly for workloads where compiler optimizes based on cache line size,
let me write a small bench mark
> Thanks,
>
> -Robert
>
>>> Increasing the size has no negative impact to cache invalidation on
>>> systems with a smaller cache line. There is an impact on memory usage,
>>> but that's not too important for arm64 use cases.
>> Do you have any before/after numbers to show the impact of this change
>> on other supported SoCs?



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