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authorMichel Lespinasse <walken@google.com>2012-10-08 16:30:28 -0700
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>2012-10-09 16:22:31 +0900
commit1457d2877864d918c546735bd89c29d5e2a542f1 (patch)
treee15204c2fe46d359b357f963e99a3906ed7eb2e5 /fs/proc/proc_sysctl.c
parent1638113d9d8b7e04c1eeae9014d43f6381a74040 (diff)
rbtree: reference Documentation/rbtree.txt for usage instructions
I recently started looking at the rbtree code (with an eye towards improving the augmented rbtree support, but I haven't gotten there yet). I noticed a lot of possible speed improvements, which I am now proposing in this patch set. Patches 1-4 are preparatory: remove internal functions from rbtree.h so that users won't be tempted to use them instead of the documented APIs, clean up some incorrect usages I've noticed (in particular, with the recently added fs/proc/proc_sysctl.c rbtree usage), reference the documentation so that people have one less excuse to miss it, etc. Patch 5 is a small module I wrote to check the rbtree performance. It creates 100 nodes with random keys and repeatedly inserts and erases them from an rbtree. Additionally, it has code to check for rbtree invariants after each insert or erase operation. Patches 6-12 is where the rbtree optimizations are done, and they touch only that one file, lib/rbtree.c . I am getting good results out of these - in my small benchmark doing rbtree insertion (including search) and erase, I'm seeing a 30% runtime reduction on Sandybridge E5, which is more than I initially thought would be possible. (the results aren't as impressive on my two other test hosts though, AMD barcelona and Intel Westmere, where I am seeing 14% runtime reduction only). The code size - both source (ommiting comments) and compiled - is also shorter after these changes. However, I do admit that the updated code is more arduous to read - one big reason for that is the removal of the tree rotation helpers, which added some overhead but also made it easier to reason about things locally. Overall, I believe this is an acceptable compromise, given that this code doesn't get modified very often, and that I have good tests for it. Upon Peter's suggestion, I added comments showing the rtree configuration before every rotation. I think they help; however it's still best to have a copy of the cormen/leiserson/rivest book when digging into this code. This patch: reference Documentation/rbtree.txt for usage instructions include/linux/rbtree.h included some basic usage instructions, while Documentation/rbtree.txt had some more complete and easier to follow instructions. Replacing the former with a reference to the latter. Signed-off-by: Michel Lespinasse <walken@google.com> Cc: Andrea Arcangeli <aarcange@redhat.com> Acked-by: David Woodhouse <David.Woodhouse@intel.com> Cc: Rik van Riel <riel@redhat.com> Cc: Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl> Cc: Daniel Santos <daniel.santos@pobox.com> Cc: Jens Axboe <axboe@kernel.dk> Cc: "Eric W. Biederman" <ebiederm@xmission.com> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
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