Re: [PATCH 02/10] locking/qspinlock: Remove unbounded cmpxchg loop from locking slowpath

From: Paul E. McKenney
Date: Sat Apr 07 2018 - 19:38:06 EST

On Sat, Apr 07, 2018 at 10:47:32AM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 06, 2018 at 02:09:53PM -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> > It would indeed be good to not be in the position of having to trade off
> > forward-progress guarantees against performance, but that does appear to
> > be where we are at the moment.
> Depends of course on how unfair cmpxchg is. On x86 we trade one cmpxchg
> loop for another so the patch doesn't cure anything at all there. And
> our cmpxchg has 'some' hardware fairness to it.
> So while the patch is 'good' for platforms that have native fetch-or,
> it doesn't help (or in our case even hurts) those that do not.

Might need different implementations for different architectures, then.
Or take advantage of the fact that x86 can do a native fetch-or to the
topmost bit, if that helps.

Thanx, Paul