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SubjectRe: [PATCH v8 4/5] locking/qspinlock: Introduce starvation avoidance into CNA
On Mon, Dec 30, 2019 at 02:40:41PM -0500, Alex Kogan wrote:

> +/*
> + * Controls the threshold for the number of intra-node lock hand-offs before
> + * the NUMA-aware variant of spinlock is forced to be passed to a thread on
> + * another NUMA node. By default, the chosen value provides reasonable
> + * long-term fairness without sacrificing performance compared to a lock
> + * that does not have any fairness guarantees. The default setting can
> + * be changed with the "numa_spinlock_threshold" boot option.
> + */
> +int intra_node_handoff_threshold __ro_after_init = 1 << 16;

There is a distinct lack of quantitative data to back up that
'reasonable' claim there.

Where is the table of inter-node latencies observed for the various
values tested, and on what criteria is this number deemed reasonable?

To me, 64k lock hold times seems like a giant number, entirely outside
of reasonable.

> +
> static void __init cna_init_nodes_per_cpu(unsigned int cpu)
> {
> struct mcs_spinlock *base = per_cpu_ptr(&qnodes[0].mcs, cpu);
> @@ -97,6 +109,11 @@ static int __init cna_init_nodes(void)
> }
> early_initcall(cna_init_nodes);
>
> +static __always_inline void cna_init_node(struct mcs_spinlock *node)
> +{
> + ((struct cna_node *)node)->intra_count = 0;
> +}
> +
> /* this function is called only when the primary queue is empty */
> static inline bool cna_try_change_tail(struct qspinlock *lock, u32 val,
> struct mcs_spinlock *node)
> @@ -233,7 +250,9 @@ __always_inline u32 cna_pre_scan(struct qspinlock *lock,
> {
> struct cna_node *cn = (struct cna_node *)node;
>
> - cn->pre_scan_result = cna_scan_main_queue(node, node);
> + cn->pre_scan_result =
> + cn->intra_count == intra_node_handoff_threshold ?
> + FLUSH_SECONDARY_QUEUE : cna_scan_main_queue(node, node);

Because:

if (cn->intra_count < intra_node_handoff_threshold)
cn->pre_scan_result = cna_scan_main_queue(node, node);
else
cn->pre_scan_result = FLUSH_SECONDARY_QUEUE;

was too readable?

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