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SubjectRe: [PATCH v15 09/15] pvqspinlock: Implement simple paravirt support for the qspinlock
On Thu, Apr 09, 2015 at 08:13:27PM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 06, 2015 at 10:55:44PM -0400, Waiman Long wrote:
> > +#define PV_HB_PER_LINE (SMP_CACHE_BYTES / sizeof(struct pv_hash_bucket))

> > +static struct qspinlock **pv_hash(struct qspinlock *lock, struct pv_node *node)
> > +{
> > + unsigned long init_hash, hash = hash_ptr(lock, pv_lock_hash_bits);
> > + struct pv_hash_bucket *hb, *end;
> > +
> > + if (!hash)
> > + hash = 1;
> > +
> > + init_hash = hash;
> > + hb = &pv_lock_hash[hash_align(hash)];
> > + for (;;) {
> > + for (end = hb + PV_HB_PER_LINE; hb < end; hb++) {
> > + if (!cmpxchg(&hb->lock, NULL, lock)) {
> > + WRITE_ONCE(hb->node, node);
> > + /*
> > + * We haven't set the _Q_SLOW_VAL yet. So
> > + * the order of writing doesn't matter.
> > + */
> > + smp_wmb(); /* matches rmb from pv_hash_find */
> > + goto done;
> > + }
> > + }
> > +
> > + hash = lfsr(hash, pv_lock_hash_bits, 0);
>
> Since pv_lock_hash_bits is a variable, you end up running through that
> massive if() forest to find the corresponding tap every single time. It
> cannot compile-time optimize it.
>
> Hence:
> hash = lfsr(hash, pv_taps);
>
> (I don't get the bits argument to the lfsr).
>
> In any case, like I said before, I think we should try a linear probe
> sequence first, the lfsr was over engineering from my side.
>
> > + hb = &pv_lock_hash[hash_align(hash)];

So one thing this does -- and one of the reasons I figured I should
ditch the LFSR instead of fixing it -- is that you end up scanning each
bucket HB_PER_LINE times.

The 'fix' would be to LFSR on cachelines instead of HBs but then you're
stuck with the 0-th cacheline.

> > + BUG_ON(hash == init_hash);
> > + }
> > +
> > +done:
> > + return &hb->lock;
> > +}


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