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    SubjectRe: [patch] 2.4.4 alpha semaphores optimization
    On Fri, May 04, 2001 at 09:02:33PM +0400, Ivan Kokshaysky wrote:
    > But I can't imagine how this "feature" could be useful in a real life :-)

    It will be required by the time we can fork more than 2^16 tasks (which
    I'm wondering if it could be just the case if you use CLONE_PID as
    root, I didn't checked the code yet to be sure).

    > You meant "the fast path", I guess? Then it's true. However with those

    Yes, I guess the slow path is quite painful to maintain, however I'd add
    at least the __builtin_expect() so it gets optimized by 2.96 and 3.[01].

    > atomic functions code is much more readable.

    Your attached code is nice enough IMHO ;).

    > Anyway, I've attached asm-alpha/rwsem_xchgadd.h for your implementation.

    Sweet, thanks.

    > However I got processes in D state early on boot with it -- maybe
    > I've made a typo somewhere...

    It has to be a bug in a non contention case then, or maybe you run some
    threaded app during boot? Note that my version is a bit different than
    David's one, my fast path has less requirements in up_write and so it
    can be implemented with less instructions. I will check and integrate
    your code soon into my patch, thanks. If you find the bug meanwhile let
    me know (to beat it hard you can use my userspace threaded app that
    faults and mmap/munmap in loop from dozen of threads).

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