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SubjectRe: [PATCH] locking/rwsem: Remove arch specific rwsem files
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On 02/10/2019 09:00 PM, Waiman Long wrote:
> As the generic rwsem-xadd code is using the appropriate acquire and
> release versions of the atomic operations, the arch specific rwsem.h
> files will not be that much faster than the generic code as long as the
> atomic functions are properly implemented. So we can remove those arch
> specific rwsem.h and stop building asm/rwsem.h to reduce maintenance
> effort.
>
> Currently, only x86, alpha and ia64 have implemented architecture
> specific fast paths. I don't have access to alpha and ia64 systems for
> testing, but they are legacy systems that are not likely to be updated
> to the latest kernel anyway.
>
> By using a rwsem microbenchmark, the total locking rates on a 4-socket
> 56-core 112-thread x86-64 system before and after the patch were as
> follows (mixed means equal # of read and write locks):
>
> Before Patch After Patch
> # of Threads wlock rlock mixed wlock rlock mixed
> ------------ ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
> 1 27,373 29,409 28,170 28,773 30,164 29,276
> 2 7,697 14,922 1,703 7,435 15,167 1,729
> 4 6,987 14,285 1,490 7,181 14,438 1,330
> 8 6,650 13,652 761 6,918 13,796 718
> 16 6,434 15,729 713 6,554 16,030 625
> 32 5,590 15,312 552 6,124 15,344 471
> 64 5,980 15,478 61 5,668 15,509 58
>
> There were some run-to-run variations for the multi-thread tests. For
> x86-64, using the generic C code fast path seems to be a liitle bit
> faster than the assembly version especially for read-lock and when lock
> contention is low. Looking at the assembly version of the fast paths,
> there are assembly to/from C code wrappers that save and restore all
> the callee-clobbered registers (7 registers on x86-64). The assembly
> generated from the generic C code doesn't need to do that. That may
> explain the slight performance gain here.
>
> The generic asm rwsem.h can also be merged into kernel/locking/rwsem.h
> as no other code other than those under kernel/locking needs to access
> the internal rwsem macros and functions.
>
> Signed-off-by: Waiman Long <longman@redhat.com>

I have decided to break the rwsem patchset that I sent out on last
Thursday into 3 parts. This patch is part 0 as it touches a number of
arch specific files and so have the widest distribution. I would like to
get it merged first. Part 1 will be patches 1-10 (except 4) of my
original rwsem patchset. This part moves things around, adds more
debugging capability and lays the ground work for the next part. Part 2
will contains the remaining patches which are the real beef of the whole
patchset.

Cheers,
Longman

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