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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/3] ptr_ring: batch ring zeroing

On 2017年04月07日 13:49, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> A known weakness in ptr_ring design is that it does not handle well the
> situation when ring is almost full: as entries are consumed they are
> immediately used again by the producer, so consumer and producer are
> writing to a shared cache line.
> To fix this, add batching to consume calls: as entries are
> consumed do not write NULL into the ring until we get
> a multiple (in current implementation 2x) of cache lines
> away from the producer. At that point, write them all out.
> We do the write out in the reverse order to keep
> producer from sharing cache with consumer for as long
> as possible.
> Writeout also triggers when ring wraps around - there's
> no special reason to do this but it helps keep the code
> a bit simpler.
> What should we do if getting away from producer by 2 cache lines
> would mean we are keeping the ring moe than half empty?
> Maybe we should reduce the batching in this case,
> current patch simply reduces the batching.
> Notes:
> - it is no longer true that a call to consume guarantees
> that the following call to produce will succeed.
> No users seem to assume that.
> - batching can also in theory reduce the signalling rate:
> users that would previously send interrups to the producer
> to wake it up after consuming each entry would now only
> need to do this once in a batch.
> Doing this would be easy by returning a flag to the caller.
> No users seem to do signalling on consume yet so this was not
> implemented yet.
> Signed-off-by: Michael S. Tsirkin<>
> ---
> Jason, I am curious whether the following gives you some of
> the performance boost that you see with vhost batching
> patches. Is vhost batching on top still helpful?

The patch looks good to me, will have a test for vhost batching patches.


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