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Subject[rfc] [patch 2/2 ] Sysctl to turn on/off private futex hash tables for private futexes
The following patch introduces a sysctl to control whether process private
hashtable will be used for process private futexes.

Signed-off-by: Ravikiran Thirumalai <kiran@scalex86.org>
Signed-off-by: Shai Fultheim <shai@scalex86.org>

Index: linux-2.6.28.6/include/linux/futex.h
===================================================================
--- linux-2.6.28.6.orig/include/linux/futex.h 2009-03-18 16:59:27.000000000 -0800
+++ linux-2.6.28.6/include/linux/futex.h 2009-03-18 17:49:02.000000000 -0800
@@ -179,6 +179,7 @@ static inline void exit_pi_state_list(st

#ifdef CONFIG_PROCESS_PRIVATE_FUTEX
extern void free_futex_htb(struct mm_struct *mm);
+extern int sysctl_private_hash;
#else
static inline void free_futex_htb(struct mm_struct *mm)
{
Index: linux-2.6.28.6/kernel/futex.c
===================================================================
--- linux-2.6.28.6.orig/kernel/futex.c 2009-03-18 17:36:04.000000000 -0800
+++ linux-2.6.28.6/kernel/futex.c 2009-03-18 17:57:13.000000000 -0800
@@ -154,14 +154,16 @@ void free_futex_htb(struct mm_struct *mm

static void alloc_htb(struct mm_struct *mm)
{
- struct futex_hash_bucket *htb;
int i;
+ struct futex_hash_bucket *htb = NULL;
/*
* Allocate and install a private hash table of the
* same size as the global hash table. We fall
- * back onto the global hash on allocation failure
+ * back onto the global hash on allocation failure, or
+ * if private futexes are disabled.
*/
- htb = kmalloc(sizeof(futex_queues), GFP_KERNEL);
+ if (sysctl_private_hash)
+ htb = kmalloc(sizeof(futex_queues), GFP_KERNEL);
if (!htb)
htb = futex_queues;
else {
@@ -183,6 +185,8 @@ static void alloc_htb(struct mm_struct *

}

+int sysctl_private_hash;
+
static struct futex_hash_bucket *get_futex_hashtable(union futex_key *key)
{
struct mm_struct *mm;
Index: linux-2.6.28.6/kernel/sysctl.c
===================================================================
--- linux-2.6.28.6.orig/kernel/sysctl.c 2009-03-18 16:59:27.000000000 -0800
+++ linux-2.6.28.6/kernel/sysctl.c 2009-03-18 17:49:02.000000000 -0800
@@ -48,6 +48,7 @@
#include <linux/acpi.h>
#include <linux/reboot.h>
#include <linux/ftrace.h>
+#include <linux/futex.h>

#include <asm/uaccess.h>
#include <asm/processor.h>
@@ -799,6 +800,19 @@ static struct ctl_table kern_table[] = {
.strategy = &sysctl_intvec,
},
#endif
+#ifdef CONFIG_PROCESS_PRIVATE_FUTEX
+ {
+ .ctl_name = CTL_UNNUMBERED,
+ .procname = "private_futex_hashtable",
+ .data = &sysctl_private_hash,
+ .maxlen = sizeof(int),
+ .mode = 0644,
+ .proc_handler = &proc_dointvec_minmax,
+ .strategy = &sysctl_intvec,
+ .extra1 = &zero,
+ .extra2 = &one,
+ },
+#endif
#ifdef CONFIG_COMPAT
{
.ctl_name = KERN_COMPAT_LOG,
Index: linux-2.6.28.6/Documentation/sysctl/kernel.txt
===================================================================
--- linux-2.6.28.6.orig/Documentation/sysctl/kernel.txt 2009-02-17 09:29:27.000000000 -0800
+++ linux-2.6.28.6/Documentation/sysctl/kernel.txt 2009-03-20 12:14:15.000000000 -0800
@@ -281,6 +281,25 @@ send before ratelimiting kicks in.

==============================================================

+private_futex_hashtable:
+
+This sysctl can be used to enable processes to use a per-process
+private hash table for private futexes. Private futexes
+are typically used in threaded workloads. When this option is
+off, which is the default, threads waiting on futexes get
+hashed onto a global hash table. On large core count machines
+this turns out to be bad for performance if the workload
+consist of multiple unrelated threaded processes. Turning
+this option on will enable processes to use a private hash
+for private futexes, improving performance.
+
+Valid options are 0 and 1. A value of 0 turns off process private
+futex hash tables and a value of 1 enables private futex hash
+tables. This option will only affect processes that get created
+after the option gets changed.
+
+==============================================================
+
randomize-va-space:

This option can be used to select the type of process address

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