Re: [RFC][PATCH 2/9] deadlock prevention core

From: Daniel Phillips
Date: Wed Aug 09 2006 - 01:42:28 EST

David Miller wrote:
From: Daniel Phillips <phillips@xxxxxxxxxx>
David Miller wrote:
I think the new atomic operation that will seemingly occur on every
device SKB free is unacceptable.

Alternate suggestion?

Sorry, I have none. But you're unlikely to get your changes
considered seriously unless you can avoid any new overhead your patch
has which is of this level.

We just skip anything new unless the socket is actively carrying block
IO traffic, in which case we pay a miniscule price to avoid severe
performance artifacts or in the worst case, deadlock. So in this design
the new atomic operation does not occur on every device SKP free.

All atomic ops sit behind the cheap test:

(dev->flags & IFF_MEMALLOC)

or if any have escaped that is just an oversight. Peter?

We're busy trying to make these data structures smaller, and eliminate
atomic operations, as much as possible. Therefore anything which adds
new datastructure elements and new atomic operations will be met with
fierce resistence unless it results an equal or greater shrink of
datastructures elsewhere or removes atomic operations elsewhere in
the critical path.

Right now we have a problem because our network stack cannot support
block IO reliably. Without that, Linux is no enterprise storage


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