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SubjectRe: [patch 00/13] Syslets, "Threadlets", generic AIO support, v3
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> It is not a TUX anymore - you had 1024 threads, and all of them will be
> consumed by tcp_sendmsg() for slow clients - rescheduling will kill a
> machine.

I think it's time to make a split in what "context switch" or
"reschedule" means...

there are two types of context switch:

1) To a different process. This means teardown of the TLB, going to a
new MMU state, saving FPU state etc etc etc. This is obviously quite
expensive

2) To a thread of the same process. No TLB flush no new MMU state,
effectively all it does is getting a new task struct on the kernel side,
and a new ESP/EIP pair on the userspace side. If there is FPU code
involved that gets saved as well.

Number 1 is very expensive and that is what is really worrying normally;
number 2 is a LOT lighter weight, and while Linux is a bit heavy there,
it can be made lighter... there's no fundamental reason for it to be
really expensive.

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