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SubjectRe: [PATCH 5/6] syslets: add generic syslets infrastructure
Hi Zach.

On Thu, Dec 06, 2007 at 03:20:18PM -0800, Zach Brown (zach.brown@oracle.com) wrote:
> +/*
> + * XXX todo:
> + * - do we need all this '*cur = current' nonsense?
> + * - try to prevent userspace from submitting too much.. lazy user ptr read?
> + * - explain how to deal with waiting threads with stale data in current
> + * - how does userspace tell that a syslet completion was lost?
> + * provide an -errno argument to the userspace return function?
> + */
> +
> +/*
> + * These structs are stored on the kernel stack of tasks which are waiting to
> + * return to userspace. They are linked into their parent's list of syslet
> + * children stored in 'syslet_tasks' in the parent's task_struct.
> + */
> +struct syslet_task_entry {
> + struct task_struct *task;
> + struct list_head item;
> +};
> +
> +/*
> + * syslet_ring doesn't have any kernel-side storage. Userspace allocates them
> + * in their address space and initializes their fields and then passes them to
> + * the kernel.
> + *
> + * These hashes provide the kernel-side storage for the wait queues which
> + * sys_syslet_ring_wait() uses and the mutex which completion uses to serialize
> + * the (possible blocking) ordered writes of the completion and kernel head
> + * index into the ring.
> + *
> + * We chose the bucket that supports a given ring by hashing a u32 that
> + * userspace sets in the ring.
> + */
> +#define SYSLET_HASH_BITS (CONFIG_BASE_SMALL ? 4 : 8)
> +#define SYSLET_HASH_NR (1 << SYSLET_HASH_BITS)
> +#define SYSLET_HASH_MASK (SYSLET_HASH_NR - 1)
> +static wait_queue_head_t syslet_waitqs[SYSLET_HASH_NR];
> +static struct mutex syslet_muts[SYSLET_HASH_NR];

Why do you care about hashed tables scalability and not using trees?

--
Evgeniy Polyakov


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