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SubjectRe: [PATCH] use unfair spinlock when running on hypervisor.
On Thu, Jun 03, 2010 at 11:45:00PM +1000, Nick Piggin wrote:
> > Ok got it - although that approach is not advisable in some cases for ex: when
> > the lock holder vcpu and lock acquired vcpu are scheduled on the same pcpu by
> > the hypervisor (which was experimented with in [1] where they foud a huge hit in
> > perf).
>
> Sure but if you had adaptive yielding, that solves that problem.

I guess so.

> > Oops you are right - sorry should have checked more closely earlier. Given that
> > we may not be able to always guarantee that locked critical sections will not be
> > preempted (ex: when a real-time task takes over), we will need a combination of
> > both approaches (i.e request preemption defer on lock hold path + yield on lock
> > acquire path if owner !scheduled). The advantage of former approach is that it
> > could reduce job turnaround times in most cases (as lock is available when we
> > want or we don't have to wait too long for it).
>
> Both I think would be good. It might be interesting to talk with the
> s390 guys and see if they can look at ticket locks and preempt defer
> techniques too (considering they already do the other half of the
> equation well).

Martin/Heiko,
Do you want to comment on this?

- vatsa


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