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SubjectRe: [PATCH tip/core/rcu 4/5] sys_membarrier: Add expedited option
On Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 06:01:15PM +0000, Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:

> Another alternative for a MEMBARRIER_CMD_SHARED_EXPEDITED would be rate-limiting
> per thread. For instance, we could add a new "ulimit" that would bound the
> number of expedited membarrier per thread that can be done per millisecond,
> and switch to synchronize_sched() whenever a thread goes beyond that limit
> for the rest of the time-slot.

You forgot to ask yourself how you could abuse this.. just spawn more
threads.

Per-thread limits are nearly useless, because spawning new threads is
cheap.

> A RT system that really cares about not having userspace sending IPIs
> to all cpus could set the ulimit value to 0, which would always use
> synchronize_sched().
>
> Thoughts ?

So I really don't like SHARED_EXPEDITED, and your use-cases (from later
emails) makes me think sys_membarrier() should have a pointer argument
to identify the shared mapping.

But even then, iterating the rmap for something that has 1000+ maps
isn't going to be nice or fast, even in kernel space.

Another crazy idea is using madvise() for this. The new MADV_MEMBAR
could revoke PROT_WRITE and PROT_READ for all extant PTEs. Then the
tasks attempting access will fault and the fault handler can figure out
if it still needs to issue a MB or not before reinstating the PTE.

That is fully contained to the tasks actually having that map, and
doesn't perturb anybody else.

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