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    SubjectRe: [PATCH v1 0/8] Deferred dput() and iput() -- reducing lock contention
    Eric Dumazet wrote:
    > Mike Waychison a écrit :
    >> We've noticed that at times it can become very easy to have a system begin to
    >> livelock on dcache_lock/inode_lock (specifically in atomic_dec_and_lock()) when
    >> a lot of dentries are getting finalized at the same time (massive delete and
    >> large fdtable destructions are two paths I've seen cause problems).
    >> This patchset is an attempt to try and reduce the locking overheads associated
    >> with final dput() and final iput(). This is done by batching dentries and
    >> inodes into per-process queues and processing them in 'parallel' to consolidate
    >> some of the locking.
    >> Besides various workload testing, I threw together a load (at the end of this
    >> email) that causes massive fdtables (50K sockets by default) to get destroyed
    >> on each cpu in the system. It also populates the dcache for procfs on those
    >> tasks for good measure. Comparing lock_stat results (hardware is a Sun x4600
    >> M2 populated with 8 4-core 2.3GHz packages (32 CPUs) + 128GiB RAM):
    > Hello Mike
    > Seems quite a large/intrusive infrastructure for a well known problem.
    > I even wasted some time on it.
    > But it seems nobody cared too much or people were too busy.
    > (patch 6 should be discarded as followups show it was wrong
    > [PATH 6/7] fs: struct file move from call_rcu() to SLAB_DESTROY_BY_RCU)
    > sockets / pipes dont need dcache_lock or inode_lock at all, I am
    > sure Google machines also uses sockets :)

    Yup :) I'll try to take a look at your patches this week. At a
    minimum, the removal of the locks seems highly desirable.

    > Your test/bench program is quite biased (populating dcache for procfs, using
    > 50k filedesc on 32 cpu, not very realistic IMHO).

    Yup, extremely biased. It was meant to hurt the dput/iput path
    specifically and I used it as a way to compare apples to apples
    with/without the changes. It is still representative of a real-world
    workload we see though (our frontend servers when they are restarted
    have many tcp sockets, easily more than 50K each).

    > I had a workload with processes using 1.000.000 file descriptors,
    > (mainly sockets) and got some latency problems when they had to exit().
    > This problem was addressed by one cond_resched() added in close_files()
    > (commit 944be0b224724fcbf63c3a3fe3a5478c325a6547 )

    Yup. We pulled that change into our tree a while back for the same
    reason. It doesn't help the lock contention issue though.
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