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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/3] Convert the UDP hash lock to RCU
On Tue, Oct 07, 2008 at 10:31:30AM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Mon, 2008-10-06 at 14:40 -0700, David Miller wrote:
> > From: Eric Dumazet <dada1@cosmosbay.com>
> > Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2008 23:22:31 +0200
> >
> > > Me wondering what impact this synchronize_rcu() can have on mono-threaded
> > > VOIP applications using lot of UDP sockets. What is the maximum delay of
> > > this function ?
> >
> > The cost is enormous, we really can't use it here.
> >
> > I have a patch that did top-level socket destruction using RCU,
> > and that didn't use synchronize_rcu(), and that killed connection
> > rates by up to %20.
>
> Did you ever figure out why you lost those 20% ?
>
> > I can only imagine what the cost would be if I had to add such a call
> > in there.
>
> Yeah, sync_rcu() is rediculously expensive, at best 3 jiffies IIRC.

I could make it -much- faster, but at the expense of -serious- CPU
overhead. Still, might be useful during boot time (when the system
can't do anything useful anyway) to accelerate getting data structures
initialized.

Thanx, Paul


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