Re: bisected: futex regression >= 3.14 - was - Slowdown due to threads bouncing between HT cores

From: Mike Galbraith
Date: Wed Oct 08 2014 - 13:59:52 EST

On Wed, 2014-10-08 at 13:04 -0400, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 11:37 AM, Mike Galbraith
> <umgwanakikbuti@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > 11d4616bd07f38d496bd489ed8fad1dc4d928823 is the first bad commit
> > commit 11d4616bd07f38d496bd489ed8fad1dc4d928823
> > Author: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > Date: Thu Mar 20 22:11:17 2014 -0700
> >
> > futex: revert back to the explicit waiter counting code
> While that revert might make things a tiny bit slower (I hated doing
> it, but the clever approach sadly didn't work on powerpc and depended
> on x86 locking semantics), I seriously doubt it's really relevant.
> It's more likely that the *real* problem itself is very
> timing-dependent, and the subtle synchronization changes here then
> expose it or hide it, rather than really fixing anything.
> So like Thomas, I would suspect a race condition in the futex use, and
> then the exact futex implementation details are just exposing it
> incidentally.

Whew, good, futex.c is hard. Heads up chess guys <punt>.


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