Re: [bisected] e341694e3eb5 netlink_lookup() rcu conversion causes latencies

From: Thomas Graf
Date: Sat Oct 11 2014 - 18:25:30 EST

On 10/11/14 at 12:32pm, Eric Dumazet wrote:
> On Sat, 2014-10-11 at 10:36 +0200, Heiko Carstens wrote:
> > 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...
> CC Paul and Sasha

I think the issue here is obvious and a fix is on the way to move
the insertion and removal to a worker to no longer require the

What bothers me is that the synchronize_rcu() should only occur
on expand/shrink and not for every table update. The default table
size is 64.
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