Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 626018
Allow using crc32c hardware accelerated engine on Intel Nehalem processor
Last modified: 2011-01-13 16:12:44 EST
Created attachment 440116 [details]
A patch for enabling crc32c h/w accelerator
Intel Nehalem processor supports hardware accelerated crc32 algorithm with the new CRC32 instruction in SSE 4.2 instruction set. In order to use this feature, the patches were posted to LKML 2 years ago. http://lkml.org/lkml/2008/7/7/58
This kind of patches have not been landed in any in RHEL5.x kernels. I've done porting above codes to RHEL5.5's kernel (linux-2.6.18-194.3.1) and tested them on for the lustre filesytem. (http://www.lustre.org) (The lustre does checksum between servers and clients for data integrity.)
As far as I'm testing them on the lustre, we did 2x - 7x speedup by using this patches, I believe this helps for any other kind of crc32c calculations.
This patches can enable crc32c h/w acceleration if the processor has SSE 4.2 instruction set, otherwise use normal crc32c.
I really hope this patches will be landed in current RHEL5.x release.
Here is a customer request to use Intel CRC32 instruction to implement hardware accelerated CRC32c algorithm in RHEL 5.x.
Would Red Hat consider to include it in RHEL 5.6? Though I know it's a bit late for RHEL 5.6 inclusion.
(In reply to comment #1)
> Here is a customer request to use Intel CRC32 instruction to implement hardware
> accelerated CRC32c algorithm in RHEL 5.x.
> Would Red Hat consider to include it in RHEL 5.6? Though I know it's a bit
> late for RHEL 5.6 inclusion.
Jane, I'm going to update the patch and submit this for inclusion in RHEL5.6. The large performance increase makes it worthwhile.
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Created attachment 442007 [details]
RHEL5 fix for this issue
(In reply to comment #9)
> Created attachment 442007 [details]
> RHEL5 fix for this issue
Thanks a lot, Prarit!
You can download this test kernel from http://people.redhat.com/jwilson/el5
Detailed testing feedback is always welcomed.
Could you please verify the kernel-2.6.18-221.el5 from http://people.redhat.com/jwilson/el5 works for you?
(In reply to comment #14)
> Could you please verify the kernel-2.6.18-221.el5 from
> http://people.redhat.com/jwilson/el5 works for you?
it worked well, thanks. we are also implementing h/w acceleration patch into the lustre itself, instead of kernel patches. patches are not landed in any lustre releases and it works for the lustre. So, this kernel patches on here helps for not only the lustre, but all crc32c calculation for all application.
is this patch safe on the guest OS with KVM too?
shouldn't we need some additional checking to make sure crc32c is available or not?
Created attachment 467987 [details]
correctly introduce crypto::intel-crc32 module
That patch introduce intel-crc32 module to use via Crypto API.
Confirmed patch in kernel 2.6.18-221.el5.
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