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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/6] Convert all tasklets to workqueues
Steven Rostedt wrote:
> I had very little hope for this magic switch to get into mainline. (maybe
> get it into -mm) But the thing was is that tasklets IMHO are over used.
> As Ingo said, there are probably only 2 or 3 places in the kernel that a
> a switch to work queue conversion couldn't solve.

This is purely a guess, backed by zero evidence.

These network drivers were hand-tuned to use tasklets. Sure it will
WORK as a workqueue, but that says nothing equivalence.

> Those places could then
> probably be solved by a different design (yes that would take work).

Network driver patches welcome :)

> Tasklets are there because there
> wasn't work queues or kthreads at the time of solving the solution that
> tasklets solved.

Completely false, at least in network driver land. Threads existed and
were used (proof: 8139too, among others).

Kernel threads were not used for hot path network packet shovelling
because they were too damn slow. Tasklets were single-threaded, fast,
simple and immediate. Workqueues today are simple and almost-fast.


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