Re: [PATCH v5 1/3] locking/rwsem: Remove arch specific rwsem files

From: Davidlohr Bueso
Date: Fri Mar 22 2019 - 15:30:29 EST

On Fri, 22 Mar 2019, Linus Torvalds wrote:
Some of them _might_ be performance-critical. There's the one on
mmap_sem in the fault handling path, for example. And yes, I'd expect
the normal case to very much be "no other readers or writers" for that

Yeah, the mmap_sem case in the fault path is really expecting an unlocked
state. To the point that four archs have added branch predictions, ie:

92181f190b6 (x86: optimise x86's do_page_fault (C entry point for the page fault path))
b15021d994f (powerpc/mm: Add a bunch of (un)likely annotations to do_page_fault)

And using PROFILE_ANNOTATED_BRANCHES shows pretty clearly:
(without resetting the counters)

correct incorrect % Function File Line
------- --------- - -------- ---- ----
4603685 34 0 do_user_addr_fault fault.c 1416 (bootup)
382327745 449 0 do_user_addr_fault fault.c 1416 (kernel build)
399446159 461 0 do_user_addr_fault fault.c 1416 (redis benchmark)

It would probably wouldn't harm doing the unlikely() for all archs, or
alternatively, add likely() to the atomic_long_try_cmpxchg_acquire in
patch 3 and do it implicitly but maybe that would be less flexible(?)