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SubjectRe: High contention on the sk_buff_head.lock
Vernon Mauery wrote, On 03/18/2009 09:17 PM:
> This patch does seem to reduce the number of contentions by about 10%. That is
> a good start (and a good catch on the cacheline bounces). But, like I mentioned
> above, this lock still has 2 orders of magnitude greater contention than the
> next lock, so even a large decrease like 10% makes little difference in the
> overall contention characteristics.
> So we will have to do something more. Whether it needs to be more complex or
> not is still up in the air. Batched enqueueing/dequeueing are just two options
> and the former would be a *lot* less complex than the latter.
> If anyone else has any ideas they have been holding back, now would be a great
> time to get them out in the open.

I think there would be interesting to check another idea around this
contention: not all contenders are equal here. One thread is doing
qdisc_run() and owning the transmit queue (even after releasing the TX
lock). So if it waits for the qdisc lock the NIC, if not multiqueue,
is idle. Probably some handicap like in the patch below could make
some difference in throughput; alas I didn't test it.

Jarek P.

net/core/dev.c | 6 +++++-
1 files changed, 5 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)

diff --git a/net/core/dev.c b/net/core/dev.c
index f112970..d5ad808 100644
--- a/net/core/dev.c
+++ b/net/core/dev.c
@@ -1852,7 +1852,11 @@ gso:
if (q->enqueue) {
spinlock_t *root_lock = qdisc_lock(q);

- spin_lock(root_lock);
+ while (!spin_trylock(root_lock)) {
+ do {
+ cpu_relax();
+ } while (spin_is_locked(root_lock));
+ }

if (unlikely(test_bit(__QDISC_STATE_DEACTIVATED, &q->state))) {

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