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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 00/11] sched: CFS low-latency features
* Peter Zijlstra ( wrote:
> On Thu, 2010-08-26 at 19:09 -0400, Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:
> > > WTF can't the damned delivery thread not be created when timer_create
> > > is called and the signal be delivered to that very thread directly via
> >
> > Yeah, that sounds exactly like what I proposed about an hour ago on IRC ;) I'm
> > pretty sure that would work.
> >
> > The only thing we might have to be careful about is what happens if the timer
> > re-fires before the thread completes its execution. We might want to let the
> > signal handler detect these overruns somehow.
> Simply don't use SIGEV_THREAD and spawn you own thread and use
> SIGEV_THREAD_ID yourself, the programmer knows the semantics and knows
> if he cares about overlapping timers etc.

From man timer_create:

Upon timer expiration, invoke sigev_notify_function as if it
were the start function of a new thread. (Among the implementa‐
tion possibilities here are that each timer notification could
result in the creation of a new thread, or that a single thread
is created to receive all notifications.) The function is
invoked with sigev_value as its sole argument. If
sigev_notify_attributes is not NULL, it should point to a
pthread_attr_t structure that defines attributes for the new
thread (see pthread_attr_init(3).

So basically, it's the glibc implementation that is broken, not the standard.

The programmer should expect that thread execution can overlap though.



Mathieu Desnoyers
Operating System Efficiency R&D Consultant
EfficiOS Inc.
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