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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/3] Convert the UDP hash lock to RCU
On Tue, 2008-10-07 at 16:50 +0200, Eric Dumazet wrote:
> Christoph Lameter a écrit :
> > Eric Dumazet wrote:
> >>>> Or just add SLAB_DESTROY_BY_RCU to slab creation in proto_register()
> >>>> for "struct proto udp_prot/udpv6_prot" so that kmem_cache_free() done
> >>>> in sk_prot_free() can defer freeing to RCU...
> >>> Be careful!, SLAB_DESTROY_BY_RCU just means the slab page gets
> >>> RCU-freed, this means that slab object pointers stay pointing to valid
> >>> memory, but it does _NOT_ mean those slab objects themselves remain
> >>> valid.
> >>>
> >>> The slab allocator is free to re-use those objects at any time -
> >>> irrespective of the rcu-grace period. Therefore you will have to be able
> >>> to validate that the object you point to is indeed the object you
> >>> expect, otherwise strange and wonderful things will happen.
> >>>
> >> Thanks for this clarification. I guess we really need a rcu head then :)
> >
> > No you just need to make sure that the object you located is still active
> > (f.e. refcount > 0) and that it is really a match (hash pointers may be
> > updated asynchronously and therefore point to the object that has been reused
> > for something else).
> >
> > Generally it is advisable to use SLAB_DESTROY_BY_RCU because it preserves the
> > cache hot advantages of the objects. Regular RCU freeing will let the object
> > expire for a tick or so which will result in the cacheline cooling down.
> Seems really good to master this SLAB_DESTROY_BY_RCU thing (I see almost no use
> of it in current kernel)

There is (AFAIK) only 1 user, the anon_vma stuff.

> 1) Hum, do you know why "struct file" objects dont use SLAB_DESTROY_BY_RCU then,
> since we noticed a performance regression for several workloads at RCUification
> of file structures ?
> 2) What prevents an object to be *freed* (and deleted from a hash chain), then
> re-allocated and inserted to another chain (different keys) ? (final refcount=1)
> If the lookup detects a key mismatch, how will it continue to the next item,
> since 'next' pointer will have been reused for the new chain insertion...

Right, you can't have lists with items like that. You can only do
matching lookups. What you do is:

obj = lookup(key);
if (!obj)
goto out;

* if we can't get a ref, the item got freed concurrently
* try again
if (!get_ref_unless_zero(obj))
goto again;

* if we did get a ref, but its not the object we expected
* try again
if (obj->key != key) {
goto again;
return obj;

Which is basically what we do with the lockless pagecache, where we
don't need the RCU because the page-frames are never freed.

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