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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH 0/5] Signal scalability series
On Fri, 2011-09-30 at 18:52 +0200, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> And, this patch adds 4 new locks:
> sighand_struct->action_lock
> signal_struct->ctrl_lock
> signal_struct->shared_siglock
> task_struct->siglock
> Nice ;) For what? This should be justified, imho.

Well, sighand->siglock is seriously overused. It protects so much and I
think it's pretty confusing. It took me long enough to figure out how
many locks were really needed. But that's beside the point, having a
single lock doesn't scale at all, and that's what this series is about.

> Hmm. Just out of curiosity, I blindly applied the whole series and poke
> the _random_ function to look at, dequeue_signal(). And it looks wrong.
> spin_lock_irqsave(&current->signal->ctrl_lock, flags);
> current->jobctl |= JOBCTL_STOP_DEQUEUED;
> This signal->ctrl_lock can't help. A sig_kernel_stop() should be
> dequeued under the same lock, and we shouldn't release it unless we
> set JOBCTL_STOP_DEQUEUED. Otherwise we race with SIGCONT.

Hmm.. is that really a problem? Does the dequeue and setting
JOBCTL_STOP_DEQUEUED actually need to be atomic? Does it matter if we
have SIGCONT on the signal queue when we set JOBCTL_STOP_DEQUEUED?

> May be do_signal_stop() does something special? At first flance it doesn't.
> But wait, it does while_each_thread() under ->ctrl_lock, why this is safe?

Why is it not safe? What scenario are you thinking of where that isn't

> May be I was just lucky ;)

I doubt luck has anything to do with it ;-)

Thanks for the review!

Matt Fleming, Intel Open Source Technology Center

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