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SubjectRe: lots of calls to __write/read_lock_failed
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Your analysis looks right, also, look at the ordering of the updates of
pre/post. They should match the vsyscall version on x86.

On Fri, 2003-01-17 at 08:17, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> Hello,
>
> On Thu, Jan 16, 2003 at 12:29:41PM +0530, Dipankar Sarma wrote:
> > On Thu, Jan 16, 2003 at 04:47:30AM +0000, William Lee Irwin III wrote:
> > > On Wed, Jan 15, 2003 at 08:18:13PM -0800, Dave Hansen wrote:
> > > > file_table:_raw_read_lock() 3300000
> > > > Call Trace:
> > > > [<c0152469>] fget+0x9d/0xa0
> > > > [<c0152b27>] sys_fsync+0x21/0xbe
> > > > [<c0151b53>] sys_writev+0x47/0x56
> > > > [<c010931f>] syscall_call+0x7/0xb
> > >
> > > read_lock(&file->files_lock);
> >
> > You mean read_lock(&files->file_lock); :)
> >
> > Dave, does your webserver benchmark clone() tasks with CLONE_FILES ? Unless
> > the fd table is shared, can't see why there would be contention on this.
> > If it is indeed necessary to share fd table, then there is a somewhat
> > unmaintained lockfree fget() patch (files_struct_rcu) that you might want
> > to try.
> >
> > >
> > > On Wed, Jan 15, 2003 at 08:18:13PM -0800, Dave Hansen wrote:
> > > > time:_raw_write_lock() 1350000
> > > > Call Trace:
> > > > [<c010f321>] timer_interrupt+0x99/0x9c
> > > > [<c010b150>] handle_IRQ_event+0x38/0x5c
> > >
> > > read_lock_irqsave(&xtime_lock, flags)
> > > or
> > > write_lock_irq(&xtime_lock);
> >
> > ISTR a patch from Stephen Hemminger at OSDL that used Andrea's
> > sequence number trick based rwlock (frlock) to implement do_gettimeofday.
>
> I'm merging a version of Stephen's patch right now (the starvation of
> the read locks that we rely when we don't clear irqs in read_locks that
> can run from irqs too seems to hurt too much on some hardware/workload
> combination to a point that it even lose ticks with the irq stuck, and
> the frlock is the most efficient and scalable possible locking design
> for gettimeofday and it will solve the starvation too, very good patch
> Stephen).
>
> While merging it I found a problem, not sure if it helps for your crash
> but while checking it I found a quite fatal bug here:
>
> +static inline unsigned fr_read_begin(frlock_t *rw)
> +{
> + rmb();
> + return rw->post_sequence;
> +
> +}
>
> the rmb() must be placed after (not before) reading the post_sequence.
> The above bug could trigger on x86 too because it should even allow the
> compiler to reorder stuff and the x86 can read speculative even if the
> compiler doesn't reorder. This at the very least can explain screwed
> timing results with such patch applied.
>
> Andrea
--
Stephen Hemminger <shemminger@osdl.org>
Open Source Devlopment Lab

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