Re: [PATCH 34/35] async: use workqueue for worker pool

From: Tejun Heo
Date: Tue Jun 29 2010 - 11:48:53 EST


On 06/29/2010 02:18 PM, Frederic Weisbecker wrote:
>> Yeah, well, that's kind of the whole point of cmwq. It would try to
>> minimize the number of used workers but the provided concurrency will
>> still be enough. No async probe will be stalled due to lack of
>> execution context and the timings should be about the same between the
>> original async implemetnation and cmwq based one.
> Right. I just don't know what is supposed to be slow on boot that
> needs to use async. Is that because reading some ports is slow or
> because we need to do something and wait for some times to get the
> result.

It's things like ATA bus resetting and probing. They're usually
composed of short CPU activities and rather long sleeps.

> If there is a question of slow ports to probe, then cmwq wouldn't seem the
> right thing here, as it only forks when we go to sleep.

I lost you here. If something during boot has to burn cpu cycles
(which it shouldn't, really), it has to burn cpu cycles and having
multiple concurent threads won't help anything. If something doesn't
burn cpu cycles but takes long, it gotta sleep and cmwq will start a
new thread immediately. So, can you please elaborate why cmwq would
be problematic?


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