Re: [PATCH 10/12] writeback: only allow one inflight and pending full flush

From: Matthew Wilcox
Date: Tue Oct 03 2017 - 12:06:19 EST

On Fri, Sep 29, 2017 at 02:17:32AM +0200, Jens Axboe wrote:
> On 09/28/2017 11:44 PM, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> > On Thu, Sep 28, 2017 at 2:41 PM, Andrew Morton
> > <akpm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >>
> >> test_and_set_bit()?
> >
> > If there aren't any atomicity concerns (either because of higher-level
> > locking, or because racing and having two people set the bit is fine),
> > it can be better to do them separately if the test_bit() is the common
> > case and you can avoid dirtying a cacheline that way.
> >
> > But yeah, if that is the case, it might be worth documenting, because
> > test_and_set_bit() is the more obviously appropriate "there can be
> > only one" model.
> It is documented though, but maybe not well enough...
> I've actually had to document/explain it enough times now, that it
> might be worth making a general construct. Though it has to be
> used carefully, so perhaps it's better contained as separate use
> cases.

test_and_test_and_set_bit()? It's an unusual name, so when either
reading it or writing it, people are going to say "something unusual
here", rather than "That Jens Axboe is such a n00b, he doesn't know how
to use test_and_set_bit()". There are a few references out on the web
to test-and-test-and-set already, so it's not entirely unique to Linux.

Plus, some architectures might be able to optimise that, particularly
those which are ll/sc based. It might be exactly the same as their