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SubjectRe: [take25 1/6] kevent: Description.
Andrew Morton a écrit :
> On Fri, 24 Nov 2006 01:48:32 +0100
> Eric Dumazet <dada1@cosmosbay.com> wrote:
>
>>> The alternative is the sorry state we have now. In nscd, for instance,
>>> we have one single thread waiting for incoming connections and it then
>>> has to wake up a worker thread to handle the processing. This is done
>>> because we cannot "park" all threads in the accept() call since when a
>>> new connection is announced _all_ the threads are woken. With the new
>>> event handling this wouldn't be the case, one thread only is woken and
>>> we don't have to wake worker threads. All threads can be worker threads.
>> Having one specialized thread handling the distribution of work to worker
>> threads is better most of the time.
>
> It might be now. Think "commodity 128-way". Your single distribution thread
> will run out of steam.
>
> What Ulrich is proposing is faster. This is a new interface. Let's design
> it to be fast.

Hum... I guess you didnt read my mail... I basically agree with Ulrich.

I just wanted to say that a fast application cannot rely only on a "let's park
N threads waiting for single event in this queue", and hope kernel will be
smart for us.

Even with 128-ways, you still hit a central point of coordination (it can be a
mutex in kevent code, a atomic uidx in userland, or whatever) for a 'kevent
queue'. Once you paid the cache lines ping/pong, you wont be *fast*.

I wish *you* dont think of kevent of only dispatching HTTP 1.0 trivial web
requests.

Being able to direct a particular request on a particular CPU is certainly
something that cannot be hardcoded in 'the new kevent interface'.

Eric
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