mm: remove likely() from mapping_unevictable()
Steven Rostedt [Thu, 13 Jan 2011 23:46:16 +0000 (15:46 -0800)]
The mapping_unevictable() has a likely() around the mapping parameter.
This mapping parameter comes from page_mapping() which has an unlikely()
that the page will be set as PAGE_MAPPING_ANON, and if so, it will return
NULL.  One would think that this unlikely() means that the mapping
returned by page_mapping() would not be NULL, but where page_mapping() is
used just above mapping_unevictable(), that unlikely() is incorrect most
of the time.  This means that the "likely(mapping)" in
mapping_unevictable() is incorrect most of the time.

Running the annotated branch profiler on my main box which runs firefox,
evolution, xchat and is part of my distcc farm, I had this:

 correct incorrect  %        Function                  File              Line
 ------- ---------  -        --------                  ----              ----
12872836 1269443893  98 mapping_unevictable            pagemap.h            51
35935762 1270265395  97 page_mapping                   mm.h                 659
1306198001   143659   0 page_mapping                   mm.h                 657
203131478   121586   0 page_mapping                   mm.h                 657
 5415491     1116   0 page_mapping                   mm.h                 657
74899487     1116   0 page_mapping                   mm.h                 657
203132845      224   0 page_mapping                   mm.h                 659
 5415464       27   0 page_mapping                   mm.h                 659
   13552        0   0 page_mapping                   mm.h                 657
   13552        0   0 page_mapping                   mm.h                 659
  242630        0   0 page_mapping                   mm.h                 657
  242630        0   0 page_mapping                   mm.h                 659
74899487        0   0 page_mapping                   mm.h                 659

The page_mapping() is a static inline, which is why it shows up multiple
times.  The mapping_unevictable() is also a static inline but seems to be
used only once in my setup.

The unlikely in page_mapping() was correct a total of 1909540379 times and
incorrect 1270533123 times, with a 39% being incorrect.  Perhaps this is
enough to remove the unlikely from page_mapping() as well.

Signed-off-by: Steven Rostedt <rostedt@goodmis.org>
Reviewed-by: KOSAKI Motohiro <kosaki.motohiro@jp.fujitsu.com>
Acked-by: Nick Piggin <npiggin@kernel.dk>
Acked-by: Rik van Riel <riel@redhat.com>
Cc: Lee Schermerhorn <Lee.Schermerhorn@hp.com>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>

include/linux/pagemap.h

index 2d1ffe3..9c66e99 100644 (file)
@@ -48,7 +48,7 @@ static inline void mapping_clear_unevictable(struct address_space *mapping)
 
 static inline int mapping_unevictable(struct address_space *mapping)
 {
-       if (likely(mapping))
+       if (mapping)
                return test_bit(AS_UNEVICTABLE, &mapping->flags);
        return !!mapping;
 }