[ovs-dev] [PATCH v7 06/16] tracepoint: use new hashtable implementation

Mathieu Desnoyers mathieu.desnoyers at efficios.com
Mon Oct 29 19:10:42 UTC 2012

* Tejun Heo (tj at kernel.org) wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 11:58:14AM -0700, Tejun Heo wrote:
> > On Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 02:53:19PM -0400, Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:
> > > The argument about hash_init being useful to add magic values in the
> > > future only works for the cases where a hash table is declared with
> > > DECLARE_HASHTABLE(). It's completely pointless with DEFINE_HASHTABLE(),
> > > because we could initialize any debugging variables from within
> > 
> > You can do that with [0 .. HASH_SIZE - 1] initializer.
> And in general, let's please try not to do optimizations which are
> pointless.  Just stick to the usual semantics.  You have an abstract
> data structure - invoke the initializer before using it.  Sure,
> optimize it if it shows up somewhere.  And here, if we do the
> initializers properly, it shouldn't cause any more actual overhead -
> ie. DEFINE_HASHTABLE() will basicallly boil down to all zero
> assignments and the compiler will put the whole thing in .bss anyway.

Yes, agreed. I was going too far in optimization land by proposing
assumptions on zeroed memory. All I actually really care about is that
we don't end up calling hash_init() on a statically defined (and thus
already initialized) hash table.



Mathieu Desnoyers
Operating System Efficiency R&D Consultant
EfficiOS Inc.

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