Re: [PATCH 1/2] lib: more scalable list_sort()

From: Don Mullis
Date: Fri Jan 22 2010 - 12:55:52 EST

Artem Bityutskiy <dedekind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> On Fri, 2010-01-22 at 11:43 +0100, Andi Kleen wrote:
>> Don Mullis <don.mullis@xxxxxxxxx> writes:
>> >
>> > Being just a dumb library routine, list_sort() has no idea what context
>> > it's been called in, how long a list a particular client could pass in,
>> > nor how expensive the client's cmp() callback might be.
>> >
>> > The cmp() callback already passes back a client-private pointer.
>> > Hanging off of this could be a count of calls, or timing information,
>> > maintained by the client. Whenever some threshold is reached, the
>> > client's cmp() could do whatever good CPU-sharing citizenship required.
>> need_resched() does all the timing/thresholding (it checks the
>> reschedule flag set by the timer interrupt). You just have to call it.
>> But preferable not in the inner loop, but in a outer one. It's
>> not hyper-expensive, but it's not free either.
>> The drawback is that if it's called the context always has to
>> allow sleeping, so it might need to be optional.
>> Anyways a better fix might be simply to ensure in the caller
>> that lists never get as long that they become a scheduling
>> hazard. But you indicated that ubifs would pass very long lists?
>> Perhaps ubifs (and other calls who might have that problem) simply
>> needs to be fixed.
> No, they are not very long. A hundred or so I guess, rarely. But we need
> to check what is really the worst case, but it should not be too many.

I suggest for now we leave scheduling issues as the caller's
responsibility, and keep list_sort() simple. Wouldn't want to be
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