Re: frequent lockups in 3.18rc4

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Mon Dec 01 2014 - 18:25:14 EST

On Mon, Dec 1, 2014 at 3:08 PM, Chris Mason <clm@xxxxxx> wrote:
> I'm not sure if this is related, but running trinity here, I noticed it
> was stuck at 100% system time on every CPU. perf report tells me we are
> spending all of our time in spin_lock under the sync system call.
> I think it's coming from contention in the bdi_queue_work() call from
> inside sync_inodes_sb, which is spin_lock_bh().

Please do a perf run with -g to get the call chain to make sure..

> I wonder if we're just spinning so hard on this one bh lock that we're
> starving the watchdog?

If it was that simple, we should see it in the actual soft-lockup stack trace.

That said, looking at the bdi_queue_work() function, I don't think you
should see any real contention there, although:

- spin-lock debugging can make any bad situation about 10x worse by
making the spinlocks just that much more horrible from a performance

- the whole "complete(work->done)" thing seems to be pointlessly done
inside the spinlock, and that just seems horrible. Do you have a ton
of BDI's that might fail that BDI_registered thing?

- even the "mod_delayed_work()" is dubious wrt the wb_lock. From what
I can tell, the spinlock is supposed to just protect the list.

So I think that bdi_queue_work() quite possibly is horribly broken
crap and *if* it really is contention on wb_lock, we could rewrite it
to not be so bad locking-wise.

That said, contention that happens with spinlock debugging enabled
really tends to fall under the heading of "that's your own fault".

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