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SubjectRe: [rfc][patch] Avoid taking global tasklist_lock for single threadedprocess at getrusage()
Ravikiran G Thirumalai wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 09, 2006 at 09:55:51PM +0300, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> > Ravikiran G Thirumalai wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > > Don't we still need rmb for the RUSAGE_SELF case? we do not take the
> > > siglock for rusage self and the non c* signal fields are written to
> > > at __exit_signal...
> >
> > I think it is unneeded because RUSAGE_SELF case is "racy" anyway even
> > if we held both locks, task_struct->xxx counters can change at any
> > moment.
> >
> > But may be you are right.
> Hmm...access to task_struct->xxx has been racy, but accessing the
> signal->* counters were not. What if read of the signal->utime was a
> hoisted read and signal->stime was a read after the counter is updated?
> This was not a possibility earlier no?

Sorry, I can't undestand. Could you please be more verbose ?

> >
> > > What is wrong with optimizing by not taking the siglock in RUSAGE_BOTH
> > > and RUSAGE_CHILDREN? I would like to add that in too unless I am
> > > missing something and the optimization is incorrect.
> >
> > We can't have contention on ->siglock when need_lock == 0, so why should
> > we optimize this case?
> We would be saving 1 buslocked operation in that case (on some arches), a
> cacheline fetch for exclusive (since signal and sighand are on different memory
> locations), and disabling/enabling onchip interrupts. But yes, this would be a
> smaller optimization....Unless you have strong objections this can also
> go in?

I don't have strong objections, but I am not a maintainer.

However, do you have any numbers or thoughts why this optimization
can make any _visible_ effect?

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