Re: [ltt-dev] Re: [PATCH] LTT for 2.5.38 1/9: Core infrastructure

From: Ingo Molnar (
Date: Sun Sep 22 2002 - 18:19:04 EST

On Sun, 22 Sep 2002, bob wrote:

> However, for sake of argument, the above is still not true. A global
> lock has a different (worse) performance problem then the lock-free
> atomic operation even given a global queue. The difference is 1) the
> Linux global lock is very expensive [... and interacts with potential
> other processes, [...]

huh? what is 'the Linux global lock'?

> [...] and 2) you have to hold the lock for the entire duration of
> logging the event; with the atomic operation you are finished once
> you've reserved you space. [...]

you dont have to hold the lock for the duration of saving the event, the
lock could as well protect a 'current entry' index. (Not that those 2-3
cycles saving off the event into a single cacheline counts that much ...)

the tail-atomic method is precisely equivalent to a global spinlock. The
tail of a global event buffer acts precisely as a global spinlock: if one
CPU writes to it in a stream then it performs okay, if two CPUs trace in
parallel then it causes cachelines to bounce like crazy.

> [...] If you didn't use the expensive Linux global lock and just a
> global lock, you could be interrupted in the middle of holding the lock
> and performance would fall off the map.

again, what 'expensive Linux global lock' are you talking about?


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