Re: [PATCH 03/10] rwsem: lighter active count checks when waking up readers

From: Michel Lespinasse
Date: Thu May 20 2010 - 18:33:33 EST

On Wed, May 19, 2010 at 5:25 AM, David Howells <dhowells@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Michel Lespinasse <walken@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> ... When there are waiter threads on a rwsem and the spinlock is held, other
>> threads can only increment the active count by trying to grab the rwsem in
>> up_xxxx().
> That's not true.  A thread attempting to get an rwsem by issuing a down_read()
> or down_write() will also unconditionally increment the active count before it
> considers calling out to the slow path.
> Maybe what you mean is that other threads wanting to do a wake up can only
> increase the active count for the processes being woken up whilst holding the
> rwsem's spinlock.

Damn, this was a pretty bad commit comment - I wrote up_xxxx instead
of down_xxxx here.

down_xxxx can increase the active count but it will then take the
down_failed path and wait to acquire the spinlock - so we don't need
to worry about it. Other code paths can't even increase the active
count, since they don't hold the spinlock.

(I got mixed up due to a legitimate mention of the up_xxxx path higher
up. Semaphore operation names confuse me with the active count going
up in down() and down in up() - I suppose it made more sense in the
era of mechanical train semaphores :)

>> +     /* If we come here from up_xxxx(), another thread might have reached
>> +      * rwsem_down_failed_common() before we acquired the spinlock and
>> +      * woken up an active locker.
> Do you mean a waiter rather than an active locker?  If a process is still
> registering activity on the rwsem, then it can't be woken yet.

Yes, I meant a waiter (but since it got woken it's now an active locker).

> Apart from that, the patch looks fine.  That's all comment/description fixes.

Thanks. Updated the comments. And I thought I could speak english... :)

Michel "Walken" Lespinasse
A program is never fully debugged until the last user dies.
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