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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/6] Convert all tasklets to workqueues
Alexey Kuznetsov wrote:
> Hello!
>> the context-switch argument i'll believe if i see numbers. You'll
>> probably need in excess of tens of thousands of irqs/sec to even be able
>> to measure its overhead. (workqueues are driven by nice kernel threads
>> so there's no TLB overhead, etc.)
> It was authors of the patch who were supposed to give some numbers,
> at least one or two, just to prove the concept. :-)
> According to my measurements (maybe, wrong) on 2.5GHz P4 tasklet
> schedule and execution eats ~300ns, workqueue eats ~4usec.
> On my 1.8GHz PM notebook (UP kernel), the numbers are 170ns and 1.2usec.

Thanks :)

> Anyway, all the uses of tasklet should be verified:
> The most dubios place is popular Neterion 10Gbit driver, which uses
> tasklet like acenic. But at 10Gbit, multiply acenic numbers and panic. :-)
> Also, there exists some hardware which uses tasklets even harder,
> but I have no idea what real frequencies are: f.e. sundance.
> The case with acenic/s2io is quite special: normally network drivers
> refill queues in irq handlers. It was Jes Sorensen observation
> that offloading refilling from irq improves performance, I do not
> remember numbers. Probably, switching to workqueues will not affect
> performance at all, probably it will just collapse, no idea.

CPUs have gotten so fast now that its quite possible to run the tasklet
in parallel with the next invocation of the interrupt handler.

But given the amount of tasklet use in network drivers, I do not think
tasklets can just be magically equated to workqueues, without
case-by-case analysis.

> Tasklet is single thread by definition and purpose. Those a few places


>> the only remaining argument is latency:
> You could set realtime prioriry by default, not a poor nice -5.
> If some network adapters were killed just because I run some task
> with nice --22, it would be just ridiculous.



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