Re: [RFC][PATCH] srcu: Implement call_srcu()

From: Peter Zijlstra
Date: Wed Feb 01 2012 - 05:22:30 EST

On Tue, 2012-01-31 at 14:24 -0800, Paul E. McKenney wrote:

> > > Can we get it back to speed by scheduling a work function on all cpus?
> > > wouldn't that force a quiescent state and allow call_srcu() to fire?
> > >
> > > In kvm's use case synchronize_srcu_expedited() is usually called when no
> > > thread is in a critical section, so we don't have to wait for anything
> > > except the srcu machinery.
> >
> > OK, I'll try and come up with means of making it go fast again ;-)
> I cannot resist suggesting a kthread to do the call_srcu(), which
> would allow synchronize_srcu_expedited() to proceed with its current
> brute-force speed.

Right, so I really don't like to add a kthread per srcu instance.
Sharing a kthread between all SRCUs will be problematic since these sync
things can take forever and so the thread will become a bottlneck.

Also, I'd really like to come up with a better means of sync for SRCU
and not hammer the entire machine (3 times).

One of the things I was thinking of is adding a sequence counter in the
per-cpu data. Using that we could do something like:

unsigned int seq1 = 0, seq2 = 0, count = 0;
int cpu, idx;

idx = ACCESS_ONCE(sp->completions) & 1;

seq1 += per_cpu(sp->per_cpu_ref, cpu)->seq;

count += per_cpu(sp->per_cpu_ref, cpu)->c[idx];

seq2 += per_cpu(sp->per_cpu_ref, cpu)->seq;

* there's no active references and no activity, we pass
if (seq1 == seq2 && count == 0)


This would add a fast-path which should catch the case Avi outlined
where we call sync_srcu() when there's no other SRCU activity.

The other thing I was hoping to be able to pull off is add a copy of idx
into the same cacheline as c[] and abuse cache-coherency to avoid some
of the sync_sched() calls, but that's currently hurting my brain.

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