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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm/vmalloc: Introduce DEBUG_VMALLOCINFO to reduce spinlock contention
On Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 12:40:58PM -0400, Richard Yao wrote:
> Performance analysis of software compilation by Gentoo portage on an
> Intel E5-2620 with 64GB of RAM revealed that a sizeable amount of time,
> anywhere from 5% to 15%, was spent in get_vmalloc_info(), with at least
> 40% of that time spent in the _raw_spin_lock() invoked by it.
>
> The spinlock call is done on vmap_area_lock to protect vmap_area_list,
> but changes to vmap_area_list are made under RCU. The only consumer that
> requires a spinlock on an RCU-ified list is /proc/vmallocinfo. That is

Why only '/proc/vmallocinfo' needs the spinlock?
List iterators which access va->vm such as vread() and vwrite() needs
the spinlock too.
But, I think that get_vmalloc_info() doesn't need it, so you can use
rcu list iteration on that function and it would fix your problem.

Thanks.



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