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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/3] relay: Fix race condition which occurs when reading across CPUs.

On Sat, 2008-06-14 at 19:16 +0300, Pekka Enberg wrote:
> On Fri, 13 Jun 2008 23:26:41 -0500
> Tom Zanussi <> wrote:
> >> Alternatively, you could get rid of the problem by making sure CPU0
> >> never reads CPU1's data, by having the userspace reader use per-cpu
> >> threads and using sched_setaffinity() to pin each thread to a given
> >> cpu. See for example, the blktrace code, which does this.
> On Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 6:11 PM, Eduard - Gabriel Munteanu
> <> wrote:
> > Yes, and performance-wise this is better. Though I'm not sure setting
> > affinity is 100% safe. Will the thread be migrated soon enough, so we
> > don't read cross-CPU? The point is I'm not sure how hard this is
> > enforced.
> >
> > However, I suggest this patch should go in, for two reasons:
> > 1. It provides expected behavior in any such situation.
> > 2. It adds (almost) no overhead when used in conjuction with setting CPU
> > affinity. When the writer acquires the spinlock, it does not busy-wait,
> > so the spinlock just disables IRQs (relay_write()).
> Agreed. Tom, any objections to merging this patch?

Well, I suppose anyone who had a problem with it would make their own
local copy of relay_write() without it, or more likely they'd be using
relay_reserve() anyway. It does add some code to read() which can't be
gotten around, but since it adds (almost) no overhead, it shouldn't be a

So I guess I don't have strong feelings about it if it's solving a real
usability problem and doesn't cause any performance (or other)


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