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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH RT 0/2] futex priority based wakeup
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On Wed, 2006-05-10 at 12:08 +0200, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> * Sébastien Dugué <sebastien.dugue@bull.net> wrote:
>
> > in the current futex implementation, tasks are woken up in FIFO
> > order, (i.e. in the order they were put to sleep). For realtime
> > systems needing system wide strict realtime priority scheduling, tasks
> > should be woken up in priority order.
> >
> > This patchset achieves this by changing the futex hash bucket list
> > into a plist. Tasks waiting on a futex are enqueued in this plist
> > based on their priority so that they can be woken up in priority
> > order.
>
> hm, i dont think this is enough. Basically, waking up in priority order
> is just the (easier) half of the story - what you want is to also
> propagate priorities when you block. We provided a complete solution via
> the PI-futex patchset (currently included in -mm).
>
> In other words: as long as locking primitives go, i dont think real-time
> applications should use wakeup-priority-ordered futexes, they should use
> the real thing, PI futexes.

Yeah, that's right as long as userland pthread_mutexes are used, but
currently, pthread_condvars do not use PI-futexes. Therefore when we
have some threads sleeping on a condvar and the condvar is broadcasted,
those blocked threads are woken up through futex_requeue() in the order
they were put to sleep and not in their priority order.

Maybe the pthread_cond_*() function should be made to use the
PI-futexes support in glibc.

>
> There is one exception: when a normal futex is used as a waitqueue
> without any contention properties. (for example a waitqueue for worker
> threads) But those are both rare, and typically dont muster tasks with
> different priorities - i.e. FIFO is good enough.
>
> Also, there's a performance cost to this. Could you try to measure the
> impact to SCHED_OTHER tasks via some pthread locking benchmark?

Right, I will try to quantify the impact for SCHED_OTHER tasks. Any
pointers to such a benchmark?

Thanks,

Sébastien.


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