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authorBob Pearson <>2012-03-23 15:02:21 -0700
committerLinus Torvalds <>2012-03-23 16:58:37 -0700
commite30c7a8fcf2d5bba53ea07047b1a0f9161da1078 (patch)
treebf74fdfade35deb05efc2a639305193964bbe1da /Documentation/crc32.txt
parentca56dc098caf93b5437cd6c4ee49f02aa18f84d6 (diff)
crc32: remove two instances of trailing whitespaces
This patchset (re)uses Bob Pearson's crc32 slice-by-8 code to stamp out a software crc32c implementation. It removes the crc32c implementation in crypto/ in favor of using the stamped-out one in lib/. There is also a change to Kconfig so that the kernel builder can pick an implementation best suited for the hardware. The motivation for this patchset is that I am working on adding full metadata checksumming to ext4. As far as performance impact of adding checksumming goes, I see nearly no change with a standard mail server ffsb simulation. On a test that involves only file creation and deletion and extent tree writes, I see a drop of about 50 pcercent with the current kernel crc32c implementation; this improves to a drop of about 20 percent with the enclosed crc32c code. When metadata is usually a small fraction of total IO, this new implementation doesn't help much because metadata is usually a small fraction of total IO. However, when we are doing IO that is almost all metadata (such as rm -rf'ing a tree), then this patch speeds up the operation substantially. Incidentally, given that iscsi, sctp, and btrfs also use crc32c, this patchset should improve their speed as well. I have not yet quantified that, however. This latest submission combines Bob's patches from late August 2011 with mine so that they can be one coherent patch set. Please excuse my inability to combine some of the patches; I've been advised to leave Bob's patches alone and build atop them instead. :/ Since the last posting, I've also collected some crc32c test results on a bunch of different x86/powerpc/sparc platforms. The results can be viewed here: ; the "crc32-kern-le" and "crc32c" columns describe the performance of the kernel's current crc32 and crc32c software implementations. The "crc32c-by8-le" column shows crc32c performance with this patchset applied. I expect crc32 performance to be roughly the same. The two _boost columns at the right side of the spreadsheet shows how much faster the new implementation is over the old one. As you can see, crc32 rises substantially, and crc32c experiences a huge increase. This patch: - remove trailing whitespace from lib/crc32.c - remove trailing whitespace from lib/crc32defs.h [ changelog tweaks] Signed-off-by: Bob Pearson <> Signed-off-by: Darrick J. Wong <> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
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