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SubjectRe: Negative scalability by removal of lock_kernel()?(Was: Strange performance behavior of 2.4.0-test9)
Andi Kleen wrote:
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> When you have two CPUs contending on common paths it is better to do:
> [ spinlock stuff ]

Andi, if the lock_kernel() is removed then the first time the CPUs will butt heads is on a semaphore. This is much more expensive.

I bet if acquire_fl_sem() and release_fl_sem() are turned into lock_kernel()/unlock_kernel() then the scalability will come back.
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