Re: 3.4.4-rt13: btrfs + xfstests 006 = BOOM.. and a bonus rt_mutexdeadlock report for absolutely free!

From: Chris Mason
Date: Mon Jul 16 2012 - 12:35:40 EST

On Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 10:26:08AM -0600, Mike Galbraith wrote:
> On Mon, 2012-07-16 at 12:02 -0400, Steven Rostedt wrote:
> > On Mon, 2012-07-16 at 04:02 +0200, Mike Galbraith wrote:
> >
> > > > Great, thanks! I got stuck in bug land on Friday. You mentioned
> > > > performance problems earlier on Saturday, did this improve performance?
> > >
> > > Yeah, the read_trylock() seems to improve throughput. That's not
> > > heavily tested, but it certainly looks like it does. No idea why.
> >
> > Ouch, you just turned the rt_read_lock() into a spin lock. If a higher
> > priority process preempted a lower priority process that holds the same
> > lock, it will deadlock.
> Hm, how, it's doing cpu_chill()?
> > I'm not sure why you would get a performance benefit from this, as the
> > mutex used is an adaptive one (failure to acquire the lock will only
> > sleep if preempted or if the owner is not running).
> I'm not attached to it, can whack it in a heartbeat.. especially so it
> the thing can deadlock. I've seen enough of those of late.
> > We should look at why this performs better (if it really does).
> Not sure it really does, there's variance, but it looked like it did.

I'd use a benchmark that is more consistent than dbench for this. I
love dbench for generating load (and the occasional deadlock) but it
tends to steer you in the wrong direction on performance.


To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to majordomo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
More majordomo info at
Please read the FAQ at