Re: [PATCH] Introduce a config option that introduces a bias infavour of writers in rwlocks

From: Peter Zijlstra
Date: Sat May 22 2010 - 09:37:31 EST

On Fri, 2010-05-21 at 19:38 -0700, Salman wrote:
> If one or more readers are holding the lock, and one or more writers
> are contending for it, then do not admit any new readers. However,
> if a writer is holding a lock, then let readers contend for it at
> equal footing with the writers.
> This fixes a pathological case (see the code below), where the
> tasklist_lock is continuously held by the readers, and the writers starve.
> The change does not introduce any unexpected test failures in the locking
> self-test. Furthermore, it makes the original problem go away. In
> particular, after the change, the following code can run without
> causing a lockup:

So how does this work with recursion?

rwlock_t is assumed recursive and quite a lot of code relies on that.



read_lock(&A) <-- deadlock because there's a pending writer

Also, I really think having config options for lock behaviour is utter
suckage, either a new implementation is better or its not.

If you want your waitpid() case to work better, try converting its
tasklist_lock usage to RCU, or try and break the lock into smaller

NAK on both your patch and your approach, rwlock_t should be killed off,
not 'improved'.

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