On Thu, Feb 04, 2010 at 11:31:49AM -0800, David Daney wrote:
> The current locking mechanism uses a ll/sc sequence to release a
> spinlock. This is slower than a wmb() followed by a store to unlock.
> The branching forward to .subsection 2 on sc failure slows down the
> contended case. So we get rid of that part too.
> Since we are now working on naturally aligned u16 values, we can get
> rid of a masking operation as the LHU already does the right thing.
> The ANDI are reversed for better scheduling on multi-issue CPUs
> On a 12 CPU 750MHz Octeon cn5750 this patch improves ipv4 UDP packet
> forwarding rates from 3.58*10^6 PPS to 3.99*10^6 PPS, or about 11%.
And in your benchmarking patch you wrote:
> spin_single spin_multi
> base 106885 247941
> spinlock_patch 75194 219465
I did some benchmarking on an IP27 (180MHz, 2 CPU, needs LL/SC workaround):
base 229341 3505690
spinlock_patch 177847 3615326
So about 22% speedup for spin_single but 3% slowdown for spin_multi.
Disabling the R10k LL/SC workaround btw. gives another 23% speedup for
spin_single and marginal 0.3% for spin_multi; the latter may well be