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SubjectRe: [PATCH/RFC] z3fold: use per-page read/write lock
On Sun, Nov 6, 2016 at 12:38 AM, Andi Kleen <> wrote:
> Vitaly Wool <> writes:
>> Most of z3fold operations are in-page, such as modifying z3fold
>> page header or moving z3fold objects within a page. Taking
>> per-pool spinlock to protect per-page objects is therefore
>> suboptimal, and the idea of having a per-page spinlock (or rwlock)
>> has been around for some time. However, adding one directly to the
>> z3fold header makes the latter quite big on some systems so that
>> it won't fit in a signle chunk.
>> + atomic_t page_lock;
> This doesnt make much sense. A standard spinlock is not bigger
> than 4 bytes either. Also reinventing locks is usually a bad
> idea: they are tricky to get right, you have no debugging support,
> hard to analyze, etc.

I understand the reinvention part but you're not quite accurate here
with the numbers.

E. g. on x86_64:
(gdb) p sizeof(rwlock_t)
$1 = 8

I believe a DIY lock is justified here, since the variant with
rwlock_t actually caused complaints from kbuild test robot building
the previous version of this patch [1] with gcc-6.0 for x86_64:

In file included from arch/x86/include/asm/atomic.h:4:0,
from include/linux/atomic.h:4,
from mm/z3fold.c:25:
mm/z3fold.c: In function 'init_z3fold':
>> include/linux/compiler.h:518:38: error: call to '__compiletime_assert_808' declared with attribute error: BUILD_BUG_ON failed: sizeof(struct z3fold_header) > ZHDR_SIZE_ALIGNED



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