Re: [PATCH] Performance Improvement in CRC16 Calculations.

From: Nicolas Pitre
Date: Fri Aug 10 2018 - 16:06:33 EST

On Fri, 10 Aug 2018, Jeff Lien wrote:

> This patch provides a performance improvement for the CRC16 calculations done in read/write
> workloads using the T10 Type 1/2/3 guard field. For example, today with sequential write
> workloads (one thread/CPU of IO) we consume 100% of the CPU because of the CRC16 computation
> bottleneck. Today's block devices are considerably faster, but the CRC16 calculation prevents
> folks from utilizing the throughput of such devices. To speed up this calculation and expose
> the block device throughput, we slice the old single byte for loop into a 16 byte for loop,
> with a larger CRC table to match. The result has shown 5x performance improvements on various
> big endian and little endian systems running the 4.18.0 kernel version.

You are nevertheless increasing the kernel size by 7.5 KB.

Could the small table still be preserved with a config option for those
who require small more than fast?

That could look like:

static const __u16 t10_dif_crc_table[][256] = {

and the code to suit.