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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 0/3] qspinlock: Introducing a 4-byte queue spinlock
On 02/18/2014 02:31 AM, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 02:47:03PM -0800, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
>> On 02/17/2014 12:41 PM, Waiman Long wrote:
>>> v3->v4:
>>> - Remove debugging code and fix a configuration error
>>> - Simplify the qspinlock structure and streamline the code to make it
>>> perform a bit better
>>> - Add an x86 version of asm/qspinlock.h for holding x86 specific
>>> optimization.
>>> - Add an optimized x86 code path for 2 contending tasks to improve
>>> low contention performance.
>>>
>>> v2->v3:
>>> - Simplify the code by using numerous mode only without an unfair option.
>>> - Use the latest smp_load_acquire()/smp_store_release() barriers.
>>> - Move the queue spinlock code to kernel/locking.
>>> - Make the use of queue spinlock the default for x86-64 without user
>>> configuration.
>>> - Additional performance tuning.
>>>
>>> v1->v2:
>>> - Add some more comments to document what the code does.
>>> - Add a numerous CPU mode to support>= 16K CPUs
>>> - Add a configuration option to allow lock stealing which can further
>>> improve performance in many cases.
>>> - Enable wakeup of queue head CPU at unlock time for non-numerous
>>> CPU mode.
>>>
>>> This patch set introduces a queue-based spinlock implementation that
>>> can replace the default ticket spinlock without increasing the size
>>> of the spinlock data structure. As a result, critical kernel data
>>> structures that embed spinlock won't increase in size and breaking
>>> data alignments.
>>>
>> This is starting to look good, so I have pulled it into
>> tip:x86/spinlocks to start give it some testing mileage.
> It very much needs paravirt muck before we can even consider it.

I will start looking at how to make it work with paravirt. Hopefully, it
won't take too long.

-Longman


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