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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/3] locking/qspinlock: Introduce starvation avoidance into CNA
On 02/05/2019 04:22 AM, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 04, 2019 at 10:35:09PM -0500, Alex Kogan wrote:
>>> On Jan 31, 2019, at 5:00 AM, Peter Zijlstra <> wrote:
>>> On Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 10:01:35PM -0500, Alex Kogan wrote:
>>>> Choose the next lock holder among spinning threads running on the same
>>>> socket with high probability rather than always. With small probability,
>>>> hand the lock to the first thread in the secondary queue or, if that
>>>> queue is empty, to the immediate successor of the current lock holder
>>>> in the main queue. Thus, assuming no failures while threads hold the
>>>> lock, every thread would be able to acquire the lock after a bounded
>>>> number of lock transitions, with high probability.
>>>> Note that we could make the inter-socket transition deterministic,
>>>> by sticking a counter of intra-socket transitions in the head node
>>>> of the secondary queue. At the handoff time, we could increment
>>>> the counter and check if it is below a threshold. This adds another
>>>> field to queue nodes and nearly-certain local cache miss to read and
>>>> update this counter during the handoff. While still beating stock,
>>>> this variant adds certain overhead over the probabilistic variant.
>>> (also heavily suffers from the socket == node confusion)
>>> How would you suggest RT 'tunes' this?
>>> RT relies on FIFO fairness of the basic spinlock primitives; you just
>>> completely wrecked that.
>> This is true that CNA trades some fairness for shorter lock handover
>> latency, much like any other NUMA-aware lock.
>> Can you explain, however, what exactly breaks here?
> Timeliness guarantees. FIFO-fair has well defined time behaviour; you
> know exactly how long you get to wait before you acquire the lock,
> namely however many waiters are in front of you multiplied by the worst
> case wait time.
> Doing time analysis on a randomized algorithm isn't my idea of fun.

RT doesn't work well with NUMA qspinlock is another reason why I want it
to be a separate slow path. We will disable it  on a RT kernel where
guaranteed low latency is a must and throughput isn't as important.


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