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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] locking/percpu-rwsem: Optimize readers and reduce global impact
On 07/14, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> Currently the percpu-rwsem switches to (global) atomic ops while a
> writer is waiting; which could be quite a while and slows down
> releasing the readers.
> This patch cures this problem by ordering the reader-state vs
> reader-count (see the comments in __percpu_down_read() and
> percpu_down_write()). This changes a global atomic op into a full
> memory barrier, which doesn't have the global cacheline contention.

I've applied this patch + another change you sent on top of it.

Everything looks good to me except the __this_cpu_inc() in

> + __down_read(&sem->rw_sem);
> + __this_cpu_inc(*sem->read_count);
> + __up_read(&sem->rw_sem);

Preemption is already enabled, don't we need this_cpu_inc() ?

> -EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(percpu_up_write);
> +EXPORT_SYMBOL(percpu_up_write);

and this one ;) I do not really care, but it seems you did this change
by accident.

Actually, I _think_ we can do some cleanups/improvements on top of this
change, but we can do this later. In particular, _perhaps_ we can avoid
the unconditional wakeup in __percpu_up_read(), but I am not sure and in
any case this needs another change.

Reviewed-by: Oleg Nesterov <>

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