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SubjectRe: [PATCH -next 0/2] fs/epoll: loosen irq safety when possible
On Fri, 20 Jul 2018, Andrew Morton wrote:

>On Fri, 20 Jul 2018 10:29:54 -0700 Davidlohr Bueso <> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Both patches replace saving+restoring interrupts when taking the
>> ep->lock (now the waitqueue lock), with just disabling local irqs.
>> This shows immediate performance benefits in patch 1 for an epoll
>> workload running on Xen.
>I'm surprised. Is spin_lock_irqsave() significantly more expensive
>than spin_lock_irq()? Relative to all the other stuff those functions
>are doing? If so, how come? Some architectural thing makes
>local_irq_save() much more costly than local_irq_disable()?

For example, if you compare x86 native_restore_fl() to xen_restore_fl(),
the cost of Xen is much higher.

And at least considering ep_scan_ready_list(), the lock is taken/released
twice, to deal with the ovflist when the ep->wq.lock is not held. To the
point that it yields measurable results (see patch 1) across incremental
thread counts.

>> The main concern we need to have with this
>> sort of changes in epoll is the ep_poll_callback() which is passed
>> to the wait queue wakeup and is done very often under irq context,
>> this patch does not touch this call.
>Yeah, these changes are scary. For the code as it stands now, and for
>the code as it evolves.

Yes which is why I've been throwing lots of epoll workloads at it.

>I'd have more confidence if we had some warning mechanism if we run
>spin_lock_irq() when IRQs are disabled, which is probably-a-bug. But
>afaict we don't have that. Probably for good reasons - I wonder what
>they are?
>> Patches have been tested pretty heavily with the customer workload,
>> microbenchmarks, ltp testcases and two high level workloads that
>> use epoll under the hood: nginx and libevent benchmarks.
>> Details are in the individual patches.
>> Applies on top of mmotd.
>Please convince me about the performance benefits?

As for number I only have patch 1.


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