Commit 573636cb authored by Eric Dumazet's avatar Eric Dumazet Committed by David S. Miller
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[PATCH] net: remove superfluous call to synchronize_net()

inet_register_protosw() function is responsible for adding a new
inet protocol into a global table (inetsw[]) that is used with RCU rules.

As soon as the store of the pointer is done, other cpus might see
this new protocol in inetsw[], so we have to make sure new protocol
is ready for use. All pending memory updates should thus be committed
to memory before setting the pointer.
This is correctly done using rcu_assign_pointer()

synchronize_net() is typically used at unregister time, after
unsetting the pointer, to make sure no other cpu is still using
the object we want to dismantle. Using it at register time
is only adding an artificial delay that could hide a real bug,
and this bug could popup if/when synchronize_rcu() can proceed
faster than now.

This saves about 13 ms on boot time on a HZ=1000 8 cpus machine  ;) 
(4 calls to inet_register_protosw(), and about 3200 us per call)
Signed-off-by: default avatarEric Dumazet <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarDavid S. Miller <>
parent d32da050
......@@ -1003,8 +1003,6 @@ void inet_register_protosw(struct inet_protosw *p)
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