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SubjectRe: [PATCH -v9][RFC] mutex: implement adaptive spinning

On Tue, 13 Jan 2009, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> And v8 is rock solid in all my testing - and i'll give v10 a similar
> workout as well.

The differences between v8 and v10 are very fundamental, since v8 does the
spinning inside the spinlock'ed loop (the spinning itself is not inside
the spinlock, but all the "real action" is). So v8 not showing problems
doesn't really say much about v10 - totally different algorithms that
share only some of the support code.

So even if many lines look the same, those code-lines aren't the really
interesting ones. The only really interesting once is really the
atomic_cmpxchg (outside spinlock) vs atomic_xchg (inside spinlock), and
those are almost diametrically opposite.

> Would you prefer a single commit or is this kind of delta development
> history useful, with all the variants (at least the later, more promising
> ones) included?

I'm not sure it makes sense to show the history here, especially as there
really were two different approaches, and while they share many issues,
they sure aren't equivalent nor are we really talking about any evolution
of the patch except in the sense of one being the kick-starter for the
alternative approach.

What _can_ make sense is to commit some of the infrastructure helper code
separately, ie the lock ownership and preemption changes, since those
really are independent of the spinning code, and at least the preemption
thing is interesting and relevant even without it.


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