Re: [PATCH v3] locking/rwsem: reduce spinlock contention in wakeup after up_read/up_write

From: Davidlohr Bueso
Date: Fri Apr 24 2015 - 16:39:47 EST

On Fri, 2015-04-24 at 13:54 -0400, Waiman Long wrote:
> This patch also checks one more time in __rwsem_do_wake() to see if
> the rwsem was stolen just before doing the expensive wakeup operation
> which will be unnecessary if the lock was stolen.

It strikes me that this should be another patch, as the optimization is
independent of the wake_lock (comments below).



Could you please reuse the CONFIG_RWSEM_SPIN_ON_OWNER ifdefiry we
already have? Just add these where we define rwsem_spin_on_owner().


> /*
> * handle the lock release when processes blocked on it that can now run
> * - if we come here from up_xxxx(), then:
> @@ -125,6 +154,14 @@ __rwsem_do_wake(struct rw_semaphore *sem, enum rwsem_wake_type wake_type)
> struct list_head *next;
> long oldcount, woken, loop, adjustment;
> + /*
> + * up_write() cleared the owner field before calling this function.
> + * If that field is now set, a writer must have stolen the lock and
> + * the wakeup operation should be aborted.
> + */
> + if (rwsem_has_active_writer(sem))
> + goto out;

We currently allow small races between rwsem owner and counter checks.
And __rwsem_do_wake() can be called by checking the former -- and lock
stealing is done with the counter as well. Please see below how we back
out of such cases, as it is very much considered when granting the next
reader. So nack to this as is, sorry.


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