compiler.h: Move instrumentation_begin()/end() to new <linux/instrumentation.h> header

Linus pointed out that compiler.h - which is a key header that gets included in every
single one of the 28,000+ kernel files during a kernel build - was bloated in:

  655389666643: (" Create section for protection against instrumentation")

Linus noted:

 > I have pulled this, but do we really want to add this to a header file
 > that is _so_ core that it gets included for basically every single
 > file built?
 > I don't even see those instrumentation_begin/end() things used
 > anywhere right now.
 > It seems excessive. That 53 lines is maybe not a lot, but it pushed
 > that header file to over 12kB, and while it's mostly comments, it's
 > extra IO and parsing basically for _every_ single file compiled in the
 > kernel.
 > For what appears to be absolutely zero upside right now, and I really
 > don't see why this should be in such a core header file!

Move these primitives into a new header: <linux/instrumentation.h>, and include that
header in the headers that make use of it.

Unfortunately one of these headers is asm-generic/bug.h, which does get included
in a lot of places, similarly to compiler.h. So the de-bloating effect isn't as
good as we'd like it to be - but at least the interfaces are defined separately.

No change to functionality intended.

Reported-by: Linus Torvalds <>
Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <>
Cc: Thomas Gleixner <>
Cc: Borislav Petkov <>
Cc: Peter Zijlstra <>
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