Commit 8a4683a5 authored by Jesper Dangaard Brouer's avatar Jesper Dangaard Brouer Committed by David S. Miller
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net: help compiler generate better code in eth_get_headlen

Noticed that the compiler (gcc version 4.8.5 20150623 (Red Hat 4.8.5-4) (GCC))
generated suboptimal assembler code in eth_get_headlen().

This early return coding style is usually not an issue, on super scalar CPUs,
but the compiler choose to put the return statement after this very unlikely
branch, thus creating larger jump down to the likely code path.

Performance wise, I could measure slightly less L1-icache-load-misses
and less branch-misses, and an improvement of 1 nanosec with an IP-forwarding
use-case with 257 bytes packets with ixgbe (CPU i7-4790K @ 4.00GHz).

Signed-off-by: default avatarJesper Dangaard Brouer <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarDavid S. Miller <>
parent d2e1339f
......@@ -127,7 +127,7 @@ u32 eth_get_headlen(void *data, unsigned int len)
struct flow_keys keys;
/* this should never happen, but better safe than sorry */
if (len < sizeof(*eth))
if (unlikely(len < sizeof(*eth)))
return len;
/* parse any remaining L2/L3 headers, check for L4 */
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