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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 0/2] enable hires timer to timeout datagram socket
On Wed, 20 Sep 2017, Vallish Vaidyeshwara wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 16, 2017 at 11:47:56AM +0200, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> > > So if we need to replace all 'legacy' timers to high resolution timer,
> > > because some application was _relying_ on jiffies being kind of precise,
> > > maybe it is better to revert the change done on legacy timers.
> >
> > Which would be a major step back in terms of timer performance and system
> > disturbance caused by massive recascading operations.
> >
> > > Or continue the migration and make them use high res internally.
> > >
> > > select() and poll() are the standard way to have precise timeouts,
> > > it is silly we have to maintain a timeout handling in the datagram fast
> > > path.
> >
> > A few years ago we switched select/poll over to use hrtimers because the
> > wheel timers were too inaccurate for some operations, so it feels
> > consequent to switch the timeout in the datagram rcv path over as well. I
> > agree that the whole timeout magic there feels silly, but unfortunately
> > it's a documented property of sockets.
> >
>
> Thanks for your comments. This patch has been NACK'ed by David Miller. Is
> there any other approach to solve this problem with out application code
> being recompiled?

We have only three options here:

1) Do a massive revert of the timer wheel changes and lose all the
benefits of that rework.

2) Make that timer list -> hrtimer change in the datagram code

3) Ignore it

#1 Would be pretty ironic as networking would take the biggest penalty of
the revert.

#2 Is IMO the proper solution as it cures a user space visible regression,
though the patch itself could be made way simpler

#3 Shrug

Dave, Eric?

Thanks,

tglx

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