Re: module boot time (was Re: [PATCH] module: Use binary search inlookup_symbol())

From: Greg KH
Date: Wed May 18 2011 - 17:35:06 EST

On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 02:10:15PM -0700, Tim Bird wrote:
> >>> And why do people overly care for the load time?
> >>
> >> To reduce overall boot time.
> >
> > To reduce it even more, build the modules into the kernel :)
> That's what I do most of the time. For some projects,
> it is useful to build certain things as modules so you can
> defer initializing them until later in the boot sequence.
> You can get some critical user-space tasks running, then
> come back later to initialize USB and other drivers.
> On cameras, it's not uncommon to want to get to user
> space in the first 500 milliseconds.

That's common even on desktops and servers, and using the bootchart code
in the kernel helps find those bottlenecks.

> Sony has some code which allows us to both statically link
> drivers and defer their initialization, but it's kind of
> kludgy and requires modifying the module declarations
> for the code you want to defer. Let me know if you think
> this is worth doing an RFC about.

I don't think that's worth it, there has been talk, and some initial
code, about adding kernel modules to the kernel image itself, which
would solve a lot of the i/o time of loading modules, and solves some
other boot speed problems. That work was done by Jeff Mahoney, but I
think he ran into some "interesting" linker issues and had to shelve it
due to a lack of time :(


greg k-h
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