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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] EXP rcu: Move expedited grace period (GP) work to RT kthread_worker
On Sat, Apr 09, 2022 at 03:17:40PM +0800, Hillf Danton wrote:
> On Fri, 8 Apr 2022 10:53:53 -0700 Kalesh Singh wrote
> > Thanks for the discussion everyone.
> >
> > We didn't fully switch to kthread workers to avoid changing the
> > behavior for users that dont need this low latency exp GPs. Another
> > (and perhaps more important) reason is because kthread_worker offers
> > reduced concurrency than workqueues which Pual reported can pose
> > issues on systems with a large number of CPUs.
> A second ... what issues were reported wrt concurrency, given the output
> of grep -nr workqueue block mm drivers.
> Feel free to post a URL link to the issues.

The issues can be easily seen by inspecting kthread_queue_work() and
the functions that it invokes. In contrast, normal workqueues uses
per-CPU mechanisms to avoid contention, as can equally easily be seen
by inspecting queue_work_on() and the functions that it invokes.

Please do feel free to take a look.

If taking a look does not convince you, please construct some in-kernel
benchmarks to test the scalability of these two mechanisms. Please note
that some care will be required to make sure that you are doing a valid
apples-to-apples comparison.

Thanx, Paul

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