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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] iov_iter: optimise iter type checking
    On 09/01/2021 21:49, David Laight wrote:
    > From: Al Viro
    >> Sent: 09 January 2021 17:04
    >> On Sat, Jan 09, 2021 at 04:09:08PM +0000, Pavel Begunkov wrote:
    >>> On 06/12/2020 16:01, Pavel Begunkov wrote:
    >>>> On 21/11/2020 14:37, Pavel Begunkov wrote:
    >>>>> The problem here is that iov_iter_is_*() helpers check types for
    >>>>> equality, but all iterate_* helpers do bitwise ands. This confuses
    >>>>> compilers, so even if some cases were handled separately with
    >>>>> iov_iter_is_*(), corresponding ifs in iterate*() right after are not
    >>>>> eliminated.
    >>>>> E.g. iov_iter_npages() first handles discards, but iterate_all_kinds()
    >>>>> still checks for discard iter type and generates unreachable code down
    >>>>> the line.
    >>>> Ping. This one should be pretty simple
    >>> Ping please. Any doubts about this patch?
    >> Sorry, had been buried in other crap. I'm really not fond of the
    >> bitmap use; if anything, I would rather turn iterate_and_advance()
    >> into switches...
    > That loses any optimisations in the order of the comparisons.
    > The bitmap also allows different groups to be optimised for in different code paths.

    You still can have a fast path and even retoss ITER_* for convenience.
    Other use cases are not important at the current state.

    >> How about moving the READ/WRITE part into MSB? Checking is just as fast
    >> (if not faster - check for sign vs. checking bit 0). And turn the
    >> types into straight (dense) enum.
    > Does any code actually look at the fields as a pair?
    > Would it even be better to use separate bytes?
    > Even growing the on-stack structure by a word won't really matter.

    u8 type, rw;

    That won't bloat the struct. I like the idea. If used together compilers
    can treat it as u16.

    btw there is a 4B hole just after for x64.

    Pavel Begunkov

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