Re: [PATCH v5 13/36] add PGO and AutoFDO input sections

From: Andi Kleen
Date: Tue Aug 04 2020 - 00:45:38 EST

> Why is that? Both .text and have alignment of 2^4 (default
> function alignment on x86) by default, so it doesn't seem like it should
> matter for packing density. Avoiding interspersing cold text among

You may lose part of a cache line on each unit boundary. Linux has
a lot of units, some of them small. All these bytes add up.

It's bad for TLB locality too. Sadly with all the fine grained protection
changes the 2MB coverage is eroding anyways, but this makes it even worse.

> regular/hot text seems like it should be a net win.

> That old commit doesn't reference efficiency -- it says there was some
> problem with matching when they were separated out, but there were no
> wildcard section names back then.

It was about efficiency.