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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] sched, timer: Use atomics for thread_group_cputimer to improve scalability
On Thu, Mar 05, 2015 at 07:56:59AM -0800, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 05, 2015 at 04:35:09PM +0100, Frederic Weisbecker wrote:
> > So, in the case we are calling that right after setting cputimer->running, I guess we are fine
> > because we just updated cputimer with the freshest values.
> >
> > But if we are reading this a while after, say several ticks further, there is a chance that
> > we read stale values since we don't lock anymore.
> >
> > I don't know if it matters or not, I guess it depends how stale it can be and how much precision
> > we expect from posix cpu timers. It probably doesn't matter.
> >
> > But just in case, atomic64_read_return(&cputimer->utime, 0) would make sure we get the freshest
> > value because it performs a full barrier, at the cost of more overhead of course.
>
> Well, if we are running within a guest OS, we might be delayed at any point
> for quite some time. Even with interrupts disabled.

You mean delayed because of the overhead of atomic_add_return() or the stale value
of cptimer-> fields?


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