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SubjectRe: [regression, 3.16-rc] rwsem: optimistic spinning causing performance degradation
On Thu, Jul 03, 2014 at 06:54:50PM -0700, Jason Low wrote:
> On Thu, 2014-07-03 at 18:46 -0700, Jason Low wrote:
> > On Fri, 2014-07-04 at 11:01 +1000, Dave Chinner wrote:
> > > FWIW, the rwsems in the struct xfs_inode are often heavily
> > > read/write contended, so there are lots of IO related workloads that
> > > are going to regress on XFS without this optimisation...
> > >
> > > Anyway, consider the patch:
> > >
> > > Tested-by: Dave Chinner <>
> >
> > Hi Dave,
> >
> > Thanks for testing. I'll update the patch with an actual changelog.
> ---
> Subject: [PATCH] rwsem: In rwsem_can_spin_on_owner(), return false if no owner
> It was found that the rwsem optimistic spinning feature can potentially degrade
> performance when there are readers. Perf profiles indicate in some workloads
> that significant time can be spent spinning on !owner. This is because we don't
> set the lock owner when readers(s) obtain the rwsem.

I don't think you're being a little shifty with the truth here.
There's no "potentially degrade performance" here - I reported a
massive real world performance regression caused by optimistic
spinning. That is:

"Commit 4fc828e ("locking/rwsem: Support optimistic spinning")
introduced a major performance regression for workloads such as
xfs_repair which mix read and write locking of the mmap_sem across
many threads. The result was xfs_repair ran 5x slower on 3.16-rc2
than on 3.15 and using 20x more system CPU time."

"Perf profiles indicate....

> In this patch, we'll modify rwsem_can_spin_on_owner() such that we'll return
> false if there is no lock owner. The rationale is that if we just entered the
> slowpath, yet there is no lock owner, then there is a possibility that a reader
> has the lock. To be conservative, we'll avoid spinning in these situations.
> Dave Chinner found performance benefits with this patch in the xfs_repair
> workload, where the total run time went from approximately 4 minutes 24 seconds,
> down to approximately 1 minute 26 seconds with the patch.

Which brought it back to close to the same performance as on 3.15.
This is not a new performance improvement patch - it's a regression
fix and the commit message needs to reflect that.


Dave Chinner

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