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SubjectRe: [PATCH] block: strip out locking optimization in put_io_context()

On Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 04:48:49PM +0800, Shaohua Li wrote:
> >> Can you please test the following one?  It's probably the simplest
> >> version w/o RCU and wq deferring.  RCUfying isn't too bad but I'm
> >> still a bit hesitant because RCU coverage needs to be extended to
> >> request_queue via conditional synchronize_rcu() in queue exit path
> >> (can't enforce delayed RCU free on request_queues and unconditional
> >> synchronize_rcu() may cause excessive delay during boot for certain
> >> configurations).  It now can be done in the block core layer proper so
> >> it shouldn't be as bad tho.  If this too flops, I'll get to that.
> > doesn't work.
> I added trace in the schedule_work code path of put_io_context, which
> runs very rare. So it's not lock contention for sure.
> Sounds the only difference between the good/bad cases is the good
> case runs with rcu_lock_read/rcu_read_unlock. I also checked slab
> info, the cfq related slab doesn't use too many memory, unlikely
> because rcu latency uses too many memory.

Yeah, that makes much more sense. It just isn't hot enough path for
this sort of micro locking changes to matter. I think the problem is
that, after the change, the cfqq aren't being expired immediately on
task exit. ie. While moving the cic destruction to release path, I
accidentally removed exit notification to cfq. I'll come up with a

Thank you!

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