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SubjectRe: [PATCH 03/10] locking: bring back lglocks
On Fri, May 18, 2018 at 06:13:53AM -0400, Kent Overstreet wrote:
> On Fri, May 18, 2018 at 11:51:02AM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > On Fri, May 18, 2018 at 03:49:04AM -0400, Kent Overstreet wrote:
> > > bcachefs makes use of them - also, add a proper lg_lock_init()
> >
> > Why?! lglocks are horrid things, we got rid of them for a reason. They
> > have terrifying worst case preemption off latencies.
>
> Ah. That was missing from your commit message.

Yeah, sorry, sometimes it's hard to state what is obvious to oneself :/

> > Why can't you use something like per-cpu rwsems?
>
> Well,
>
> a) in my use case, lg_global_lock() pretty much isn't used in normal operation,
> it's only called when starting mark and sweep gc (which is not needed
> anymore and disabled by default, it'll eventually get rolled into online
> fsck) and for device resize
>
> b) I'm using it in conjection with percpu counters, and technically yes I
> certainly _could_ use per-cpu sleepable locks (mutexes would make more sense
> for me than rwsems), there's a bit of a clash there and it's going to be a
> bit ugly and messy and it's more work for me. (this_cpu_ptr() no longer
> makes any sense in that case, so it'd mean auditing and converting all the
> code that touches the relevant data structures).

Well, lg is a reader-writer style lock per definition, as you want
concurrency on the local and full exclusion against the global, so I'm
not sure how mutexes fit into this.

In any case, have a look at percpu_down_read_preempt_disable() and
percpu_up_read_preempt_enable(); they're a bit of a hack but they should
work for you I think.

They will sleep at down_read, but the entire actual critical section
will be with preemption disabled -- therefore it had better be short and
bounded, and the RT guys will thank you for not using spinlock_t under
it (use raw_spinlock_t if you have to).

The (global) writer side will block and be preemptible like normal.

> If you're really that dead set against lglocks I might just come up with a new
> lock with similar semantics, that doesn't break this_cpu_ptr() but sleeps if the
> global lock is held...

See above, we already have this ;-)

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