[PATCH v2 0/5] locking: Introduce local{,64}_try_cmpxchg

David Laight David.Laight at ACULAB.COM
Wed Apr 12 07:34:35 AEST 2023

From: Dave Hansen
> Sent: 11 April 2023 14:44
> On 4/11/23 04:35, Mark Rutland wrote:
> > I agree it'd be nice to have performance figures, but I think those would only
> > need to demonstrate a lack of a regression rather than a performance
> > improvement, and I think it's fairly clear from eyeballing the generated
> > instructions that a regression isn't likely.
> Thanks for the additional context.
> I totally agree that there's zero burden here to show a performance
> increase.  If anyone can think of a quick way to do _some_ kind of
> benchmark on the code being changed and just show that it's free of
> brown paper bags, it would be appreciated.  Nothing crazy, just think of
> one workload (synthetic or not) that will stress the paths being changed
> and run it with and without these changes.  Make sure there are not
> surprises.
> I also agree that it's unlikely to be brown paper bag material.

The only thing I can think of is that, on x86, the locked
variant may actually be faster!
Both require exclusive access to the cache line (the unlocked
variant always does the write! [1]).
So if the cache line is contended between cpu the unlocked
variant might ping-pong the cache line twice!
Of course, if the line is shared like that then performance
is horrid.

[1] I checked on an uncached PCIe address on which I can monitor
the TLP. The write always happens so you can use cmpxchg18b
with a 'known bad value' to do a 16 byte read as a single TLP
(without using an SSE register).


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