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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 4/4] mutex: Optimize mutex trylock slowpath
On Wed, 2014-06-11 at 11:37 -0700, Jason Low wrote:
> The mutex_trylock() function calls into __mutex_trylock_fastpath() when
> trying to obtain the mutex. On 32 bit x86, in the !__HAVE_ARCH_CMPXCHG
> case, __mutex_trylock_fastpath() calls directly into __mutex_trylock_slowpath()
> regardless of whether or not the mutex is locked.
> In __mutex_trylock_slowpath(), we then acquire the wait_lock spinlock, xchg()
> lock->count with -1, then set lock->count back to 0 if there are no waiters,
> and return true if the prev lock count was 1.
> However, if the mutex is already locked, then there isn't much point
> in attempting all of the above expensive operations. In this patch, we only
> attempt the above trylock operations if the mutex is unlocked.
> Signed-off-by: Jason Low <>

This is significantly cleaner than the v1 patch.

Reviewed-by: Davidlohr Bueso <>

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