Call for testing/opinions: Optimized memset/memcpy

Harm Hanemaaijer fgenfb at
Sun Jul 14 07:19:27 EDT 2013

Dr. David Alan Gilbert <gilbertd <at>> writes:
> Maybe neon is worth a try these days (although be careful of platforms
> like Tegra 2 that doens't have it); there was a recent patch that enabled
> use in the kernel (I think for some RAID use). The downside is it's
> supposed to be quite power hungry.

As it turns out, NEON isn't too hard to implement. I have added NEON support
to copy_page, memset, memzero, and memcpy (both for the aligned and unaligned
case) in my userspace testing environment. It gives a nice boost (ranging
from 10% for copy_page to >30% for unaligned memcpy on a Cortex A8), which
can potentially be more on other cores. Although I have not tested a live
kernel yet, it looks like NEON can be used fairly transparently #ifdefed on
the CONFIG_NEON kernel definition as long as only the lower end of the
NEON/vfp register file is clobbered (although this needs verification).

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