Re: [PATCH] arm64: Increase the max granular size

From: Catalin Marinas
Date: Thu Nov 05 2015 - 05:32:23 EST

On Thu, Nov 05, 2015 at 01:40:14PM +0900, Joonsoo Kim wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 07:59:48PM +0200, Robert Richter wrote:
> > From: Tirumalesh Chalamarla <tchalamarla@xxxxxxxxxx>
> >
> > Increase the standard cacheline size to avoid having locks in the same
> > cacheline.
> >
> > Cavium's ThunderX core implements cache lines of 128 byte size. With
> > current granulare size of 64 bytes (L1_CACHE_SHIFT=6) two locks could
> > share the same cache line leading a performance degradation.
> > Increasing the size fixes that.
> Beside, slab-side bug, I don't think this argument is valid.
> Even if this change is applied, statically allocated spinlock could
> share the same cache line.

The benchmarks didn't show any difference with or without this patch
applied. What convinced me to apply it was this email:

On ARM we have a notion of cache writeback granule (CWG) which tells us
"the maximum size of memory that can be overwritten as a result of the
eviction of a cache entry that has had a memory location in it
modified". What we actually needed was ARCH_DMA_MINALIGN to be 128
(currently defined to the L1_CACHE_BYTES value). However, this wouldn't
have fixed the KMALLOC_MIN_SIZE, unless we somehow generate different
kmalloc_caches[] and kmalloc_dma_caches[] and probably introduce a

> If two locks should not share the same cache line, you'd better to use
> compiler attribute such as ____cacheline_aligned_in_smp in appropriate
> place.

We could decouple SMP_CACHE_BYTES from L1_CACHE_BYTES but see above for
the other issue we had to solve.

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