Re: [RFC][PATCH v1 5/9] ima: allocating iint improvements

From: Kasatkin, Dmitry
Date: Wed Feb 01 2012 - 13:46:58 EST

On Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 6:58 PM, Eric Paris <eparis@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 5:14 PM, Mimi Zohar <zohar@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> From: Dmitry Kasatkin <dmitry.kasatkin@xxxxxxxxx>
>> Âstatic struct rb_root integrity_iint_tree = RB_ROOT;
>> -static DEFINE_SPINLOCK(integrity_iint_lock);
>> +static DEFINE_RWLOCK(integrity_iint_lock);
>> Âstatic struct kmem_cache *iint_cache __read_mostly;
> Has any profiling been done here? Â rwlocks have been shown to
> actually be slower on multi processor systems in a number of cases due
> to the cache line bouncing required. ÂI believe the current kernel
> logic is that if you have a short critical section and you can't show
> profile data the rwlocks are better, just stick with a spinlock.

No, I have not done any profiling.
My assumption was that rwlocks are better when there many readers.
If what you say is true then rwlocks are useless...
With big sections it is necessary to use rw semaphores.

- Dmitry
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