Re: [PATCH 2/2] zram: remove zlib from the list of recommended algorithms

From: Adam Borowski
Date: Wed Sep 13 2017 - 06:39:12 EST

On Wed, Sep 13, 2017 at 04:12:46PM +0900, Minchan Kim wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 02:00:05PM +0900, Sergey Senozhatsky wrote:
> > ZSTD tends to outperform deflate/inflate, thus we remove
> > zlib from the list of recommended algorithms and recommend
> > zstd instead.
> I did test with my sample data and compared zstd with deflate.
> zstd's compress ratio is lower a little bit but compression
> speed is much faster 3 times more and decompress speed is too
> 2 times more. With different data, it is different but overall,
> zstd would be better for speed at the cost of a little lower compress
> ratio(about 5%) so I believe it's worth to replace deflate.

Both zlib and zstd have the compression level adjustable, zstd in a far
greater range (from lzo-like at lowest levels to mid-range lzma at the
highest). Thus, any such comparison needs to mention the used level.
Ie, if you selected a setting where speed is same, compression ratio
will be a lot better.

For compressing RAM it's reasonable to keep to fastest levels, and a
non-adjustable level reduces complexity, but if your use case wants high but
slow compression, now is a good time to mention this.

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