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SubjectRe: andrea buffer code (2.2.9-C.gz)
Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> >Is that really required? Have you made any profiling?
> If you want to SMP scale well it's needed (I don't think on a two-way SMP
> is a big issue having a per-memmap spinlock instead of a global spinlock
> but on more powerful machines it can help I think).

1 GB memory means 256.000 spinlocks. I think that's overkill regardless
of the number of CPU's.

What about
- 1 spinlock: simple.
- a hash-table with (NR_CPU*16) spinlocks?
This would limit the memory usage, scale quite well.
The only possible problem is cache line contention, but even
__cache_aligned would still save lots of memory.

BTW, I think I found a major SMP-race, I've posted it to
Since your buffer code fixes parts of that problem, I've attached my

ManfredFrom - Wed May 19 13:31:34 1999
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__global_cli() cannot stop the other processors if it is called with
interrupts disabled.

> A global "cli()" while in an interrupts context turns
> into just a local cli(). Interrupts should use a spinlock
> for the (very unlikely) case they ever want to protect
> against each other.

I've added a check for that event (__global_cli() called with IF
cleared), and this happens often.
Do we have to fix that? (i.e. convert the callers from __global_cli() to
a spinlock?)

I've found one codpath:
-> ide_end_request(): acquires io_request_lock, clear local interrupts.
-> calls end_that_request_first()
-> calls end_buffer_io_async() <<<<<<<<<< calls cli(), needs global


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