Re: [PATCH 4/4, v2] x86: enlightenment for ticket spin locks - improveyield behavior on Xen

From: Jeremy Fitzhardinge
Date: Wed Jun 30 2010 - 06:10:34 EST

On 06/30/2010 10:49 AM, Jan Beulich wrote:
>>>> On 30.06.10 at 10:11, Peter Zijlstra <peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On Tue, 2010-06-29 at 15:35 +0100, Jan Beulich wrote:
>>> The (only) additional overhead this introduces for native execution is
>>> the writing of the owning CPU in the lock acquire paths.
>> Uhm, and growing the size of spinlock_t to 6 (or 8 bytes when aligned)
>> bytes when NR_CPUS>256.
> Indeed, I should have mentioned that. Will do so in an eventual
> next version.

Rather than increasing the lock size, why not just disable the
enlightenment if the number of (possible) cpus is > 256? I don't think
a VM will ever have that many cpus, so it will only apply in the case of
booting the kernel on large physical machine.

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