Re: [PATCH v2 0/9] Remove spin_unlock_wait()

From: Peter Zijlstra
Date: Thu Jul 06 2017 - 12:11:21 EST

On Thu, Jul 06, 2017 at 08:21:10AM -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> And yes, there are architecture-specific optimizations for an
> empty spin_lock()/spin_unlock() critical section, and the current
> arch_spin_unlock_wait() implementations show some of these optimizations.
> But I expect that performance benefits would need to be demonstrated at
> the system level.

I do in fact contended there are any optimizations for the exact
lock+unlock semantics.

The current spin_unlock_wait() is weaker. Most notably it will not (with
exception of ARM64/PPC for other reasons) cause waits on other CPUs.