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SubjectRe: [PATCH v1 2/2] x86/hyperv: make HvNotifyLongSpinWait hypercall
On 10/31/2018 10:10 AM, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 09:54:17AM +0800, Yi Sun wrote:
>> On 18-10-23 17:33:28, Yi Sun wrote:
>>> On 18-10-23 10:51:27, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
>>>> Can you try and explain why vcpu_is_preempted() doesn't work for you?
>>> I thought HvSpinWaitInfo is used to notify hypervisor the spin number
>>> which is different with vcpu_is_preempted. So I did not consider
>>> vcpu_is_preempted.
>>> But HvSpinWaitInfo is a quite simple function and could be combined
>>> with vcpu_is_preempted together. So I think it is OK to use
>>> vcpu_is_preempted to make codes clean. I will have a try.
>> After checking codes, there is one issue to call vcpu_is_preempted.
>> There are two spin loops in qspinlock_paravirt.h. One loop in
>> 'pv_wait_node' calls vcpu_is_preempted. But another loop in
>> 'pv_wait_head_or_lock' does not call vcpu_is_preempted. It also does
>> not call any other ops of 'pv_lock_ops' in the loop. So I am afraid
>> we have to add one more ops in 'pv_lock_ops' to do this.
> Why? Would not something like the below cure that? Waiman, can you have
> a look at this; I always forget how that paravirt crud works.

There are two major reasons why the vcpu_is_preempt() test isn't done at
pv_wait_head_or_lock(). First of all, we may not have a valid prev
pointer after all if it is the first one to enter the queue while the
lock is busy. Secondly, because of lock stealing, the cpu number pointed
by a valid prev pointer may not be the actual cpu that is currently
holding the lock. Another minor reason is that we want to minimize the
lock transfer latency and so don't want to sleep too early while waiting
at the queue head.


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