Re: [PATCH net-next 19/20] net: plip: slight optimization of addrcompare

From: Julia Lawall
Date: Sun Dec 29 2013 - 17:05:15 EST

> Hi Julia.
> Maybe this explanation is helpful?
> ethernet addresses are u8[6] (48 bits)
> ether_addr_equal_64bits gets passed a pointer to u8[8]
> and is more efficient on 64 bit architectures than
> ether_addr_equal because the test can be done with a
> single compare and shift.
> The idea is not to access past the end of the ethernet
> address as appropriate (think pointer to eeprom or other
> such end-of-addressable memory conditions)
> If a struct containing an ethernet address has additional
> members after the ethernet address, or the u8[6] address
> passed to ether_addr_equal is not going to access past
> the end of memory or the structure, then
> ether_addr_equal_64bits should be used in lieu of
> ether_addr_equal.

After some work on getting more include files to be taken into account, I
get the following list of cases where both arguments have the form of a
field reference, the field has array type, and the field is not at the end
of the structure. I guess these are all candidates for
ether_addr_equal_64bits (assuming that they correctly do satisfy these

Most of the uses of ether_addr_equal unfortunately take at least one
pointer as an argument. If the pointer is a parameter one has to check
all of the calls sites. If the function is static, this is perhaps not
too bad, but from looking at some examples, it seems that this is often
not the case.

There seem to also be quite a number of comparisons that use memcmp rather
than ether_addr_equal. It seems that using ether_addr_equal would require
knowing about alignment. In some cases, the structure field declaration
explicitly mentions alignment. I'm not sure how to be sure that it holds
otherwise. In particular, many of the relevant structures are declared as
__packed. Perhaps that is also an issue for using


>From linux-next of 20131224.

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