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From: Ben Dooks <ben.dooks@codethink.co.uk>
To: Akira Tsukamoto <akira.tsukamoto@gmail.com>,
	Paul Walmsley <paul.walmsley@sifive.com>,
	Palmer Dabbelt <palmer@dabbelt.com>,
	Albert Ou <aou@eecs.berkeley.edu>,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, linux-riscv@lists.infradead.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 0/5] riscv: improving uaccess with logs from network bench
Date: Sun, 20 Jun 2021 11:02:39 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <542310bc-840d-d5c9-a7b3-40f58504e7b5@codethink.co.uk> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <5a5c07ac-8c11-79d3-46a3-a255d4148f76@gmail.com>

On 19/06/2021 12:21, Akira Tsukamoto wrote:
> Optimizing copy_to_user and copy_from_user.
> 
> I rewrote the functions in v2, heavily influenced by Garry's memcpy
> function [1].
> The functions must be written in assembler to handle page faults manually
> inside the function.
> 
> With the changes, improves in the percentage usage and some performance
> of network speed in UDP packets.
> Only patching copy_user. Using the original memcpy.
> 
> All results are from the same base kernel, same rootfs and same
> BeagleV beta board.

Is there a git tree for these to try them out?

> Comparison by "perf top -Ue task-clock" while running iperf3.
> 
> --- TCP recv ---
>   * Before
>    40.40%  [kernel]  [k] memcpy
>    33.09%  [kernel]  [k] __asm_copy_to_user
>   * After
>    50.35%  [kernel]  [k] memcpy
>    13.76%  [kernel]  [k] __asm_copy_to_user
> 
> --- TCP send ---
>   * Before
>    19.96%  [kernel]  [k] memcpy
>     9.84%  [kernel]  [k] __asm_copy_to_user
>   * After
>    14.27%  [kernel]  [k] memcpy
>     7.37%  [kernel]  [k] __asm_copy_to_user
> 
> --- UDP send ---
>   * Before
>    25.18%  [kernel]  [k] memcpy
>    22.50%  [kernel]  [k] __asm_copy_to_user
>   * After
>    28.90%  [kernel]  [k] memcpy
>     9.49%  [kernel]  [k] __asm_copy_to_user
> 
> --- UDP recv ---
>   * Before
>    44.45%  [kernel]  [k] memcpy
>    31.04%  [kernel]  [k] __asm_copy_to_user
>   * After
>    55.62%  [kernel]  [k] memcpy
>    11.22%  [kernel]  [k] __asm_copy_to_user

What's the memcpy figure in the above?
Could you explain the figures please?

> Processing network packets require a lot of unaligned access for the packet
> header, which is not able to change the design of the header format to be
> aligned.

Isn't there an option to allow padding of network packets
in the skbuff to make the fields aligned for architectures
which do not have efficient unaligned loads (looking at you
arm32). Has this been looked at?

> And user applications call system calls with a large buffer for send/recf()
> and sendto/recvfrom() to repeat less function calls for the optimization.
> 
> v1 -> v2:
> - Added shift copy
> - Separated patches for readability of changes in assembler
> - Using perf results
> 
> [1] https://lkml.org/lkml/2021/2/16/778
> 
> Akira Tsukamoto (5):
>    riscv: __asm_to/copy_from_user: delete existing code
>    riscv: __asm_to/copy_from_user: Adding byte copy first
>    riscv: __asm_to/copy_from_user: Copy until dst is aligned address
>    riscv: __asm_to/copy_from_user: Bulk copy while shifting misaligned
>      data
>    riscv: __asm_to/copy_from_user: Bulk copy when both src dst are
>      aligned
> 
>   arch/riscv/lib/uaccess.S | 181 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++--------
>   1 file changed, 146 insertions(+), 35 deletions(-)

I'm concerned that delete and then re-add is either going to make
the series un-bisectable or leave a point where the kernel is very
broken?

-- 
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  parent reply	other threads:[~2021-06-20 10:22 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 16+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-06-19 11:21 Akira Tsukamoto
2021-06-19 11:34 ` [PATCH 1/5] riscv: __asm_to/copy_from_user: delete existing code Akira Tsukamoto
2021-06-21 11:45   ` David Laight
2021-06-21 13:55     ` Akira Tsukamoto
2021-06-19 11:35 ` [PATCH 2/5] riscv: __asm_to/copy_from_user: Adding byte copy first Akira Tsukamoto
2021-06-19 11:36 ` [PATCH 3/5] riscv: __asm_to/copy_from_user: Copy until dst is aligned Akira Tsukamoto
2021-06-19 11:37 ` [PATCH 4/5] riscv: __asm_to/copy_from_user: Bulk copy while shifting Akira Tsukamoto
2021-06-19 11:43 ` [PATCH 5/5] riscv: __asm_to/copy_from_user: Bulk copy when both src, dst are aligned Akira Tsukamoto
2021-06-21 11:55   ` David Laight
2021-06-21 14:13     ` Akira Tsukamoto
2021-06-20 10:02 ` Ben Dooks [this message]
2021-06-20 16:36   ` [PATCH v2 0/5] riscv: improving uaccess with logs from network bench Akira Tsukamoto
2021-06-22  8:30 ` Ben Dooks
2021-06-22 12:05   ` Akira Tsukamoto
2021-06-22 17:45     ` Ben Dooks
2021-07-12 21:24 ` Ben Dooks

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