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SubjectRe: [PATCH 13/13] workqueue: record global worker ID instead of pool ID in work->data when off-queue
Hello, again.

On Thu, Feb 07, 2013 at 02:02:27PM -0800, Tejun Heo wrote:
> I do like work items pointing back to workers instead of pools, so I
> think I'll try that differently.

I tried to convert work->data to point to the last worker and having
tried it I'm not too sure about it anymore.

* work->data points to cwq while queued which basically is the current
pool + target workqueue. Making work->data point to worker off
queue makes the two modes further apart, which is a bit
uncomfortable.

* Also, as it currently stands, we can't remove busy_hash because
on-queue work->data can't point to the last worker and thus we need
to look up busy_hash before actually executing it. If we're gonna
have to keep busy_hash, we might as well use it consistently.

* With pending idr changes, idr lookups become very efficient if the
ID range is limited. The range currently is 256 which should be
enough to cover all the pools in most configurations. The idr
lookup essentially becomes if (prefix matches) return hint[offset],
so I don't think it would save anything measureable from removing
that look up. Replacing the idr + busy_hash lookup with single idr
last worker lookup could still be nicer, I think, but probably not
by too much.

So, I'm not really seeing too much benefit in converting work->data to
point to the last worker. If we can remove busy_hash, maybe, but
short of that, I think I'm gonna keep things the way they're now.

Thanks!

--
tejun


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