[PATCH] PPC64: Remove hot busy-wait loop in __hash_page

Olof Johansson olof at lixom.net
Fri Apr 29 17:07:52 EST 2005


It turns out that our current __hash_page code will do a very hot
busy-wait loop waiting on _PAGE_BUSY to be cleared. It even does
ldarx/stdcx in the loop, which will bounce reservations around like crazy
if there's more than one CPU spinning on the same PTE (or even another
PTE in the same reservation granule). The end result is that each fault
takes longer when there's contention, which in turn increases the chance
of another thread hitting the same fault and also piling up. Not pretty.

There's two options here:
1. Do an out-of-line busy loop a'la spinlocks with just loads (no
2. Just bail and refault if needed.

(2) makes sense here: If the PTE is busy, chances are it's in flux anyway
and the other code path making a change might just be ready to hash it.

This fixes a stampede seen on a large-ish system where a multithreaded
HPC app faults in the same text pages on several cpus at the same time.

Signed-off-by: Olof Johansson <olof at lixom.net>

Index: 2.6/arch/ppc64/mm/hash_low.S
--- 2.6.orig/arch/ppc64/mm/hash_low.S	2005-04-24 17:49:43.000000000 -0500
+++ 2.6/arch/ppc64/mm/hash_low.S	2005-04-28 17:19:04.000000000 -0500
@@ -85,7 +85,10 @@ _GLOBAL(__hash_page)
 	bne-	htab_wrong_access
 	/* Check if PTE is busy */
 	andi.	r0,r31,_PAGE_BUSY
-	bne-	1b
+	/* If so, just bail out and refault if needed. Someone else
+	 * is changing this PTE anyway and might hash it.
+	 */
+	bne-	bail_ok
 	/* Prepare new PTE value (turn access RW into DIRTY, then
@@ -215,6 +218,10 @@ _GLOBAL(htab_call_hpte_remove)
 	/* Try all again */
 	b	htab_insert_pte	
+	li	r3,0
+	b	bail
 	/* Insert slot number & secondary bit in PTE */
 	rldimi	r30,r3,12,63-15

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