Re: [PATCH 1/2] Make the batch size of the percpu_counterconfigurable

From: Christoph Lameter
Date: Tue Apr 30 2013 - 14:27:34 EST

On Tue, 30 Apr 2013, Tim Chen wrote:

> > But you will have to dereference the pointer whenever you want the batch
> > size from the hot path. Looks like it would be better to put the value
> > there directly. You have a list of percpu counters that can be traversed
> > to change the batch size.
> >
> I have considered that. But the list is not available unless we have
> CONFIG_HOTPLUG_CPU compiled in.

percpu counters are performance sensitive and with the pointer you
will need to reference another one increasing the cache footprint. You are
touching an additional cacheline somewhere in memory frequently. Not good.

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