Re: Restartable Sequences system call merged into Linux
From: Pavel Machek
Date: Thu Jun 14 2018 - 09:26:05 EST
> >> >>>> It should be noted that there can be only one rseq TLS area registered per
> >> >>>> thread,
> >> >>>> which can then be used by many libraries and by the executable, so this is a
> >> >>>> process-wide (per-thread) resource that we need to manage carefully.
> >> >>>
> >> >>> Is it possible to resize the area after thread creation, perhaps even
> >> >>> from other threads?
> >> >>
> >> >> I'm not sure why we would want to resize it. The per-thread area is fixed-size.
> >> >> Its layout is here: include/uapi/linux/rseq.h: struct rseq
> >> >
> >> > Looks I was mistaken and this is very similar to the robust mutex list.
> >> >
> >> > Should we treat it the same way? Always allocate it for each new thread
> >> > and register it with the kernel?
> >> That would be an efficient way to do it, indeed. There is very little
> >> performance overhead to have rseq registered for all threads, whether or
> >> not they intend to run rseq critical sections.
> > People with slow / low memory machines would prefer not to see
> > overhead they don't need...
> In terms of memory usage, if people don't want the extra few bytes of memory
> used by rseq in the kernel, they should use CONFIG_RSEQ=n.
> In terms of overhead, let's have a closer look at what it means: when a thread
> is registered to rseq, but does not enter rseq critical sections, only this
> extra work is done by the kernel:
> - rseq_preempt(): on preemption, the scheduler sets the TIF_NOTIFY_RESUME thread
> flag, so rseq_handle_notify_resume() can check whether it's in a rseq critical
> section when returning to user-space,
> - rseq_signal_deliver(): on signal delivery, rseq_handle_notify_resume() checks
> whether it's in a rseq critical section,
> - rseq_migrate: on migration, the scheduler sets TIF_NOTIFY_RESUME as well,
Yes, this is not likely to be noticeable.
But the proposal wanted to add a syscall to thread creation, right?
And I believe that may be noticeable.
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