Re: [PATCH 1/2] brw_mutex: big read-write mutex

From: Oleg Nesterov
Date: Wed Oct 17 2012 - 12:58:02 EST

On 10/16, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 12:10 PM, Oleg Nesterov <oleg@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > This patch adds the new sleeping lock, brw_mutex. Unlike rw_semaphore
> > it allows multiple writers too, just "read" and "write" are mutually
> > exclusive.
> So those semantics just don't sound sane. It's also not what any kind
> of normal "rw" lock ever does.

Yes, this is not usual.

And initially I made brw_sem which allows only 1 writer, but then
I changed this patch.

> So can you explain why these particular insane semantics are useful,
> and what for?

To allow multiple uprobe_register/unregister at the same time. Mostly
to not add the "regression", currently this is possible.

It is not that I think this is terribly important, but still. And
personally I think that "multiple writers" is not necessarily insane
in general. Suppose you have the complex object/subsystem, the readers
can use a single brw_mutex to access it "lockless", start_read() is
very cheap.

But start_write() is slow. Multiple writes can use the fine-grained
inside the start_write/end_write section and do not block each other.


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