decompressor: add LZ4 decompressor module
authorKyungsik Lee <kyungsik.lee@lge.com>
Mon, 8 Jul 2013 23:01:45 +0000 (16:01 -0700)
committerSri Krishna chowdary <schowdary@nvidia.com>
Tue, 2 Dec 2014 05:43:18 +0000 (10:43 +0530)
commit55df16a51e318458209484f067cbd3ec2b5dc72a
treeb9c94557f0e82c2bcd8b3f6668d89ad0ac409cfb
parent1235afeefcec2c4adb3755d2987a43f67e0cb2c9
decompressor: add LZ4 decompressor module

Add support for LZ4 decompression in the Linux Kernel.  LZ4 Decompression
APIs for kernel are based on LZ4 implementation by Yann Collet.

Benchmark Results(PATCH v3)
Compiler: Linaro ARM gcc 4.6.2

1. ARMv7, 1.5GHz based board
   Kernel: linux 3.4
   Uncompressed Kernel Size: 14MB
        Compressed Size  Decompression Speed
   LZO  6.7MB            20.1MB/s, 25.2MB/s(UA)
   LZ4  7.3MB            29.1MB/s, 45.6MB/s(UA)

2. ARMv7, 1.7GHz based board
   Kernel: linux 3.7
   Uncompressed Kernel Size: 14MB
        Compressed Size  Decompression Speed
   LZO  6.0MB            34.1MB/s, 52.2MB/s(UA)
   LZ4  6.5MB            86.7MB/s
- UA: Unaligned memory Access support
- Latest patch set for LZO applied

This patch set is for adding support for LZ4-compressed Kernel.  LZ4 is a
very fast lossless compression algorithm and it also features an extremely
fast decoder [1].

But we have five of decompressors already and one question which does
arise, however, is that of where do we stop adding new ones?  This issue
had been discussed and came to the conclusion [2].

Russell King said that we should have:

 - one decompressor which is the fastest
 - one decompressor for the highest compression ratio
 - one popular decompressor (eg conventional gzip)

If we have a replacement one for one of these, then it should do exactly
that: replace it.

The benchmark shows that an 8% increase in image size vs a 66% increase
in decompression speed compared to LZO(which has been known as the
fastest decompressor in the Kernel).  Therefore the "fast but may not be
small" compression title has clearly been taken by LZ4 [3].

[1] http://code.google.com/p/lz4/
[2] http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.kbuild.devel/9157
[3] http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.kbuild.devel/9347

LZ4 homepage: http://fastcompression.blogspot.com/p/lz4.html
LZ4 source repository: http://code.google.com/p/lz4/

Bug 200057240

Signed-off-by: Kyungsik Lee <kyungsik.lee@lge.com>
Signed-off-by: Yann Collet <yann.collet.73@gmail.com>
Cc: "H. Peter Anvin" <hpa@zytor.com>
Cc: Ingo Molnar <mingo@elte.hu>
Cc: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>
Cc: Russell King <rmk@arm.linux.org.uk>
Cc: Borislav Petkov <bp@alien8.de>
Cc: Florian Fainelli <florian@openwrt.org>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
Change-Id: I0be1cb99e0b631aff083c9884b6b8c0cd50bef61
(cherry picked from commit cffb78b0e0b3a30b059b27a1d97500cf6464efa9)
Signed-off-by: Sri Krishna chowdary <schowdary@nvidia.com>
include/linux/lz4.h [new file with mode: 0644]
lib/lz4/lz4_decompress.c [new file with mode: 0644]
lib/lz4/lz4defs.h [new file with mode: 0644]