[bisected] e341694e3eb5 netlink_lookup() rcu conversion causes latencies

From: Heiko Carstens
Date: Sat Oct 11 2014 - 04:36:37 EST

Hi all,

it just came to my attention that commit e341694e3eb5
"netlink: Convert netlink_lookup() to use RCU protected hash table"
causes network latencies for me on s390.

The testcase is quite simple and 100% reproducible on s390:

Simply login via ssh to a remote system which has the above mentioned
patch applied. Any action like pressing return now has significant
latencies. Or in other words, working via such a connection becomes
a pain ;)

I haven't debugged it, however I assume the problem is that a) the
commit introduces a synchronize_net() call und b) s390 kernels
usually get compiled with CONFIG_HZ_100 while most other architectures
use CONFIG_HZ_1000.
If I change the kernel config to CONFIG_HZ_1000 the problem goes away,
however I don't consider this a fix...

Another reason why this hasn't been observed on x86 may or may not be
that we haven't implemented CONFIG_HAVE_CONTEXT_TRACKING on s390 (yet).
But that's just guessing...

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