Re: [GIT PULL] kdbus for 4.1-rc1

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Mon Apr 27 2015 - 18:00:20 EST

On Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 2:40 PM, Andy Lutomirski <luto@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Change "USER" to "SESSION".

That works.

> Build with:

Hell no. I used

gcc client.c -o client $(pkg-config --cflags --libs gtk+-2.0)

instead. That worked.

>> That said, either you're running your test on a potato, or dbus is
>> seriously screwed up. No way should it take 4+ seconds to send a 1000b
>> message to back and forth 20k times. But as mentioned, I can't even
>> see what it's doing right now.
> Whee! I'm typing this email on a potato!

No, I think you're right, there's the other non-potato choice: "dbus
is seriously screwed up".

That thing has almost no kernel footprint. It's spending all it's time
in user space overhead.

Quite frankly, the whole "kdbus is important for performance" seems to
be *totally* invalidated by even a minimal look at profiles for that
thing. Here's the top-15 offender list:

2.62% gdbus [.] _int_malloc
2.43% gdbus [.] free
2.31% server [.] free
2.12% gdbus [.] malloc
1.77% gdbus [.] g_utf8_validate
1.43% gdbus [.] g_slice_alloc
1.41% gdbus [.] g_hash_table_lookup
1.28% server [.] _int_malloc
1.27% gdbus [.] g_mutex_lock
1.22% gdbus [.] g_variant_unref
1.16% server [.] malloc
1.14% gdbus [.] g_bit_lock
1.07% gdbus [.] g_slice_free1
1.05% gdbus [.] g_bit_unlock
1.01% gdbus [.] g_mutex_unlock

there's not a kernel function in sight in the top-15, and it's all
just overhead. The above is from the server side, but the client looks

If somebody wants to speed up dbus, they should likely look at the
user-space code, not the kernel side.

My guess is that pretty much the entirely of the quoted kdbus
"speedup" isn't because it speeds up any kernel side thing, it's
because it avoids the user-space crap in the dbus server.

IOW, all the people who say that it's about avoiding context switches
are probably just full of shit. It's not about context switches, it's
about bad user-level code.

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