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SubjectRe: SMP spin-locks
On Thursday 14 June 2001 23:05, you wrote:
> On Thu, 14 Jun 2001, Roger Larsson wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > Wait a minute...
> >
> > Spinlocks on a embedded system? Is it _really_ SMP?
> The embedded system is not SMP. However, there is definite
> advantage to using an unmodified kernel that may/may-not
> have been compiled for SMP. Of course spin-locks are used
> to prevent interrupts from screwing up buffer pointers, etc.

Not really - it prevents another processor entering the same code
segment (spin_lock_irqsave prevents both another processor and
local interrupts).

An interrupt on UP can not wait on a spin lock - it will never be released
since no other code than the interrupt spinning will be able to execute)

> > What kind of performance problem do you have?
> The problem is that a data acquisition board across the PCI bus
> gives a data transfer rate of 10 to 11 megabytes per second
> with a UP kernel, and the transfer drops to 5-6 megabytes per
> second with a SMP kernel. The ISR is really simple and copies
> data, that's all.
> The 'read()' routine uses a spinlock when it modifies pointers.
> I started to look into where all the CPU clocks were going. The
> SMP spinlock code is where it's going. There is often contention
> for the lock because interrupts normally occur at 50 to 60 kHz.

SMP compiled kernel, but running on UP hardware - right?
Then this _should not_ happen!

see linux/Documentation/spinlocks.txt

Is it your spinlocks that are causing this, or?

> When there is contention, a very long........jump occurs into
> the test.lock segment. I think this is flushing queues.

It does not matter, if there is contention - let it take time. Waiting is what
spinlocking is about anyway...


Roger Larsson
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