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From: Doug Anderson <dianders@chromium.org>
To: Laurent Pinchart <laurent.pinchart@ideasonboard.com>
Cc: Jernej Skrabec <jernej.skrabec@siol.net>,
	Jonas Karlman <jonas@kwiboo.se>,
	Neil Armstrong <narmstrong@baylibre.com>,
	dri-devel <dri-devel@lists.freedesktop.org>,
	Stephen Boyd <swboyd@chromium.org>,
	linux-renesas-soc@vger.kernel.org,
	Andrzej Hajda <a.hajda@samsung.com>
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH 04/11] drm/bridge: ti-sn65dsi86: Use bitmask to store valid rates
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2021 15:45:58 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <CAD=FV=VsF2CQD3pNoyOXqdcJop3L7Y-0qK8fVkqZOgW4eqVNhw@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <YFphd/KA2Z5p5d4k@pendragon.ideasonboard.com>

Hi,

On Tue, Mar 23, 2021 at 2:46 PM Laurent Pinchart
<laurent.pinchart@ideasonboard.com> wrote:
>
> Hi Doug,
>
> On Tue, Mar 23, 2021 at 02:08:55PM -0700, Doug Anderson wrote:
> > On Sun, Mar 21, 2021 at 8:02 PM Laurent Pinchart wrote:
> > >
> > > The valid rates are stored in an array of 8 booleans. Replace it with a
> > > bitmask to save space.
> >
> > I'm curious: do you have evidence that this does anything useful? I
> > guess you're expecting it to save .text space, right? Stack usage and
> > execution time differences should be irrelevant--it's not in a
> > critical section and the difference should be tiny anyway. As far as
> > .text segment goes, it's not obvious to me that the compiler will use
> > fewer instructions to manipulate bits compared to booleans.
> >
> > Doing a super simple "ls -ah" on vmlinux (unstripped):
> >
> > Before: 224820232 bytes
> > After: 224820376 bytes
> >
> > ...so your change made it _bigger_.   OK, so running "strip
> > --strip-debug" on those:
> >
> > Before: 26599464 bytes
> > After: 26599464 bytes
> >
> > ...so exactly the same. I tried finding some evidence using "readelf -ah":
> >
> > Before:
> >   [ 2] .text             PROGBITS         ffffffc010010000  00020000
> >        0000000000b03508  0000000000000000 WAX       0     0     65536
> >   [ 3] .rodata           PROGBITS         ffffffc010b20000  00b30000
> >        00000000002e84b3  0000000000000000 WAMS       0     0     4096
> >
> > After:
> >   [ 2] .text             PROGBITS         ffffffc010010000  00020000
> >        0000000000b03508  0000000000000000 WAX       0     0     65536
> >   [ 3] .rodata           PROGBITS         ffffffc010b20000  00b30000
> >        00000000002e84b3  0000000000000000 WAMS       0     0     4096
> >
> > Maybe you have some evidence showing an improvement? Ah, OK. I
> > disassembled ti_sn_bridge_enable() and your patch saves 12 bytes, but
> > I guess maybe alignment washes it out in reality...
> >
> >
> > In terms of readability / conventions, I personally find this change a
> > bit of a wash. I mean, I guess I originally implemented it as an array
> > and I thought that was the most readable, but I like bitfields fine
> > too. If everyone loves it then I won't object, but to me it feels like
> > touching lines of code for something that's personal preference. ;-)
>
> You're right that the .text and CPU time improvements were not my
> target. I was focussed on stack usage, as that's a limited resource in
> the kernel. I don't have any evidence that we would be close to any
> limit, so it's tiny, and if you or anyone else have a strong opinion
> that an array of booleans is better due to readability concerns, I can
> drop this change. I only thought about those poor 7 bits in every bool
> that sat there unused, feeling useless :-)

LOL. Thinking about it a bit more, I guess I feel a bit lame saying
that the array of booleans is more readable. I guess I'd call them
equivalently readable. So I guess the downside of this patch is just
churn. If someone is maintaining a downstream kernel, it's an extra
patch to take. If someone is running "git blame" it's an extra layer
to walk back to find the history of the code. That being said, it's
really not a big deal. I'll leave it up to you if you want to include
the patch in your next version or if my arguments have convinced you.
;-)

-Doug
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  reply	other threads:[~2021-03-23 22:46 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 56+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-03-22  3:01 [RFC PATCH 00/11] drm/bridge: ti-sn65dsi86: Support DisplayPort mode Laurent Pinchart
2021-03-22  3:01 ` [RFC PATCH 01/11] dt-bindings: drm/bridge: ti-sn65dsi8: Make enable GPIO optional Laurent Pinchart
2021-03-22 10:29   ` Jagan Teki
2021-03-23  7:10   ` Stephen Boyd
2021-03-23 21:08   ` Doug Anderson
2021-03-27 16:42   ` Rob Herring
2021-03-22  3:01 ` [RFC PATCH 02/11] drm/bridge: ti-sn65dsi86: " Laurent Pinchart
2021-03-22 10:29   ` Jagan Teki
2021-03-23  7:10   ` Stephen Boyd
2021-03-23 21:08   ` Doug Anderson
2021-03-22  3:01 ` [RFC PATCH 03/11] drm/bridge: ti-sn65dsi86: Unregister AUX adapter in remove() Laurent Pinchart
2021-03-23  7:10   ` Stephen Boyd
2021-03-23 21:08   ` Doug Anderson
2021-03-23 21:41     ` Laurent Pinchart
2021-03-23 22:55       ` Doug Anderson
2021-03-23 23:02         ` Laurent Pinchart
2021-03-26  0:43           ` Doug Anderson
2021-03-26  1:01             ` Laurent Pinchart
2021-03-22  3:01 ` [RFC PATCH 04/11] drm/bridge: ti-sn65dsi86: Use bitmask to store valid rates Laurent Pinchart
2021-03-23  7:11   ` Stephen Boyd
2021-03-23 21:08   ` Doug Anderson
2021-03-23 21:45     ` Laurent Pinchart
2021-03-23 22:45       ` Doug Anderson [this message]
2021-03-24  8:47     ` Geert Uytterhoeven
2021-03-22  3:01 ` [RFC PATCH 05/11] drm/bridge: ti-sn65dsi86: Wrap panel with panel-bridge Laurent Pinchart
2021-03-22 10:19   ` Jagan Teki
2021-03-23  7:14   ` Stephen Boyd
2021-03-23 21:50     ` Laurent Pinchart
2021-03-24 22:44   ` Doug Anderson
2021-03-26  1:06     ` Laurent Pinchart
2021-03-22  3:01 ` [RFC PATCH 06/11] drm/bridge: ti-sn65dsi86: Group code in sections Laurent Pinchart
2021-03-23  7:14   ` Stephen Boyd
2021-03-24 22:44   ` Doug Anderson
2021-03-22  3:01 ` [RFC PATCH 07/11] drm/bridge: ti-sn65dsi86: Split connector creation to a function Laurent Pinchart
2021-03-23  7:15   ` Stephen Boyd
2021-03-24 22:44   ` Doug Anderson
2021-03-22  3:01 ` [RFC PATCH 08/11] drm/bridge: ti-sn65dsi86: Implement bridge connector operations Laurent Pinchart
2021-03-23  7:15   ` Stephen Boyd
2021-03-24 22:46   ` Doug Anderson
2021-03-26  1:40     ` Laurent Pinchart
2021-03-22  3:01 ` [RFC PATCH 09/11] drm/bridge: ti-sn65dsi86: Make connector creation optional Laurent Pinchart
2021-03-22  3:01 ` [RFC PATCH 10/11] drm/bridge: ti-sn65dsi86: Support DisplayPort (non-eDP) mode Laurent Pinchart
2021-03-24 22:47   ` Doug Anderson
2021-06-23 13:59     ` Laurent Pinchart
2022-02-23 18:04       ` Kieran Bingham
2022-02-23 18:20         ` Doug Anderson
2022-03-04 15:49           ` Laurent Pinchart
2021-03-22  3:01 ` [RFC PATCH 11/11] drm/bridge: ti-sn65dsi86: Support hotplug detection Laurent Pinchart
2021-03-23  7:21   ` Stephen Boyd
2021-03-24 22:47   ` Doug Anderson
2021-06-23 23:25     ` Laurent Pinchart
2021-06-23 23:51       ` Doug Anderson
2022-02-23 17:43         ` Kieran Bingham
2022-02-23 18:25           ` Doug Anderson
2022-03-04 15:45             ` Kieran Bingham
2022-03-04 16:30               ` Doug Anderson

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