[PATCH v5 1/3] locking/rwsem: Remove arch specific rwsem files

Waiman Long longman at redhat.com
Sat Mar 23 07:27:26 AEDT 2019

On 03/22/2019 03:30 PM, Davidlohr Bueso wrote:
> On Fri, 22 Mar 2019, Linus Torvalds wrote:
>> Some of them _might_ be performance-critical. There's the one on
>> mmap_sem in the fault handling path, for example. And yes, I'd expect
>> the normal case to very much be "no other readers or writers" for that
>> one.
> Yeah, the mmap_sem case in the fault path is really expecting an unlocked
> state. To the point that four archs have added branch predictions, ie:
> 92181f190b6 (x86: optimise x86's do_page_fault (C entry point for the
> page fault path))
> b15021d994f (powerpc/mm: Add a bunch of (un)likely annotations to
> do_page_fault)
> And using PROFILE_ANNOTATED_BRANCHES shows pretty clearly:
> (without resetting the counters)
> correct incorrect  %        Function              File          Line
> ------- ---------  -        --------              ----          ----
>  4603685       34   0 do_user_addr_fault         fault.c          1416
> (bootup)
> 382327745      449   0 do_user_addr_fault         fault.c         
> 1416 (kernel build)
> 399446159      461   0 do_user_addr_fault         fault.c         
> 1416 (redis benchmark)
> It would probably wouldn't harm doing the unlikely() for all archs, or
> alternatively, add likely() to the atomic_long_try_cmpxchg_acquire in
> patch 3 and do it implicitly but maybe that would be less flexible(?)
> Thanks,
> Davidlohr

I had used the my lock event counting code to count the number of
contended and uncontended trylocks. I tested both bootup and kernel
build. I think I saw less than 1% were contended, the rests were all
uncontended. That is similar to what you got. I thought I had sent the
data out previously, but I couldn't find the email. That was the main
reason why I took Linus' suggestion to optimize it for the uncontended case.


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