[PATCH RFC 0/2] Lockless update of reference count protected by spinlock

From: Waiman Long
Date: Wed Jun 19 2013 - 12:50:40 EST

This patchset supports a generic mechanism to atomically update
a reference count that is protected by a spinlock without actually
acquiring the lock itself. If the update doesn't succeeed, the caller
will have to acquire the lock and update the reference count in the
the old way. This will help in situation where there is a lot of
spinlock contention because of frequent reference count update.

The new mechanism was designed in such a way to easily retrofit
into existing code with minimal changes. Both the spinlock and the
reference count can be accessed in the same way as before.

The d_lock and d_count fields of the struct dentry in dcache.h was
modified to use the new mechanism. This serves as an example of how
to convert existing spinlock and reference count combo to use the
new way of locklessly updating the reference count.

Signed-off-by: Waiman Long <Waiman.Long@xxxxxx>

Waiman Long (2):
spinlock: New spinlock_refcount.h for lockless update of refcount
dcache: Locklessly update d_count whenever possible

fs/dcache.c | 14 +++-
include/linux/dcache.h | 22 +++++-
include/linux/spinlock_refcount.h | 145 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
include/linux/spinlock_types.h | 19 +++++
4 files changed, 196 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)
create mode 100644 include/linux/spinlock_refcount.h

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