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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3] proc: faster open/read/close with "permanent" files
On Sat, Feb 22, 2020 at 12:39:39PM -0800, Joe Perches wrote:
> On Sat, 2020-02-22 at 23:15 +0300, Alexey Dobriyan wrote:
> > Now that "struct proc_ops" exist we can start putting there stuff which
> > could not fly with VFS "struct file_operations"...
> >
> > Most of fs/proc/inode.c file is dedicated to make open/read/.../close reliable
> > in the event of disappearing /proc entries which usually happens if module is
> > getting removed. Files like /proc/cpuinfo which never disappear simply do not
> > need such protection.
> >
> > Save 2 atomic ops, 1 allocation, 1 free per open/read/close sequence for such
> > "permanent" files.
> >
> > Enable "permanent" flag for
> >
> > /proc/cpuinfo
> > /proc/kmsg
> > /proc/modules
> > /proc/slabinfo
> > /proc/stat
> > /proc/sysvipc/*
> > /proc/swaps
> >
> > More will come once I figure out foolproof way to prevent out module
> > authors from marking their stuff "permanent" for performance reasons
> > when it is not.
> >
> > This should help with scalability: benchmark is "read /proc/cpuinfo R times
> > by N threads scattered over the system".
>
> Is this an actual expected use-case?

Yes.

> Is there some additional unnecessary memory consumption
> in the unscaled systems?

No, it's the opposite. Less memory usage for everyone and noticeable
performance improvement for contented case.

> > static ssize_t proc_reg_read(struct file *file, char __user *buf, size_t count, loff_t *ppos)
> > {
> > struct proc_dir_entry *pde = PDE(file_inode(file));
> > ssize_t rv = -EIO;
> > - if (use_pde(pde)) {
> > - typeof_member(struct proc_ops, proc_read) read;
> >
> > - read = pde->proc_ops->proc_read;
> > - if (read)
> > - rv = read(file, buf, count, ppos);
> > + if (pde_is_permanent(pde)) {
> > + return pde_read(pde, file, buf, count, ppos);
> > + } else if (use_pde(pde)) {
> > + rv = pde_read(pde, file, buf, count, ppos);
> > unuse_pde(pde);
>
> Perhaps all the function call duplication could be minimized
> by using code without direct returns like:
>
> rv = pde_read(pde, file, buf, count, pos);
> if (!pde_is_permanent(pde))
> unuse_pde(pde);
>
> return rv;

Function call non-duplication is false goal.
Surprisingly it makes code bigger:

$ ./scripts/bloat-o-meter ../vmlinux-000 ../obj/vmlinux
add/remove: 0/0 grow/shrink: 1/0 up/down: 10/0 (10)
Function old new delta
proc_reg_read 108 118 +10

and worse too: "rv" is carried on stack through "unuse_pde" call.

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