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SubjectRe: lots of calls to __write/read_lock_failed
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
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