[PATCH v2 12/14] locks: give the blocked_hash its own spinlock

J. Bruce Fields bfields at fieldses.org
Thu Jun 13 09:20:36 MDT 2013

On Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 11:18:44AM -0400, Jeff Layton wrote:
> On Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:02:47 -0400
> "J. Bruce Fields" <bfields at fieldses.org> wrote:
> > On Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 07:09:06AM -0400, Jeff Layton wrote:
> > > There's no reason we have to protect the blocked_hash and file_lock_list
> > > with the same spinlock. With the tests I have, breaking it in two gives
> > > a barely measurable performance benefit, but it seems reasonable to make
> > > this locking as granular as possible.
> > 
> > Out of curiosity...  In the typical case when adding/removing a lock,
> > aren't both lists being modified in rapid succession?
> > 
> > I wonder if it would be better to instead stick with one lock and take
> > care to acquire it only once to cover both manipulations.
> > 
> > --b.
> > 
> That's not really the case...
> Typically, when doing a call into __posix_lock_file with FL_SLEEP set,
> we either end up blocking on the lock or acquiring it. In either case,
> we'll only end up taking one of the global spinlocks. The reason for
> this is that blocker is what dequeues a waiter from the blocked_hash
> before waking it up (in locks_wake_up_posix_blocks).
> Also, while this patch description doesn't spell it out, we require a
> truly global lock for deadlock detection. In a later patch though, I
> convert the file_lock_lock to a per-cpu spinlock. So we really do need
> to separate the locks here in order to make the per-cpu file_lock_list
> worthwhile.

Oh, right, got it!


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