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From: Nick Piggin <npiggin@suse.de>
To: "Eric W. Biederman" <ebiederm@xmission.com>
Cc: Al Viro <viro@ZenIV.linux.org.uk>,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, linux-pci@vger.kernel.org,
	linux-mm@kvack.org, linux-fsdevel@vger.kernel.org,
	Hugh Dickins <hugh@veritas.com>, Tejun Heo <tj@kernel.org>,
	Alexey Dobriyan <adobriyan@gmail.com>,
	Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>,
	Alan Cox <alan@lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk>,
	Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@suse.de>,
	Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>,
	Christoph Hellwig <hch@infradead.org>,
	"Eric W. Biederman" <ebiederm@aristanetworks.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 03/23] vfs: Generalize the file_list
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2009 12:38:32 +0200
Message-ID: <20090609103832.GI14820@wotan.suse.de> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <m1ab4m5vbs.fsf@fess.ebiederm.org>

On Fri, Jun 05, 2009 at 12:33:59PM -0700, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> Nick Piggin <npiggin@suse.de> writes:
> 
> >> +static inline void file_list_unlock(struct file_list *files)
> >> +{
> >> +	spin_unlock(&files->lock);
> >> +}
> >
> > I don't really like this. It's just a list head. Get rid of
> > all these wrappers and crap I'd say. In fact, starting with my
> > patch to unexport files_lock and remove these wrappers would
> > be reasonable, wouldn't it?
> 
> I don't really mind killing the wrappers.
> 
> I do mind your patch because it makes the list going through
> the tty's something very different.  In my view of the world
> that is the only use case is what I'm working to move up more
> into the vfs layer.  So orphaning it seems wrong.

My patch doesn't orphan it, it just makes the locking more
explicit and that's all so it should be easier to work with.
I just mean start with my patch and you could change things
as needed.

 
> > Increasing the size of the struct inode by 24 bytes hurts.
> > Even when you decrapify it and can reuse i_lock or something,
> > then it is still 16 bytes on 64-bit.
> 
> We can get it even smaller if we make it an hlist.  A hlist_head is
> only a single pointer.  This size growth appears to be one of the
> biggest weakness of the code.

8 bytes would be a lot better than 24.


> > I haven't looked through all the patches... but this is to
> > speed up a slowpath operation, isn't it? Or does revoke
> > need to be especially performant?
> 
> This was more about simplicity rather than performance.  The
> performance gain is using a per inode lock instead of a global lock.
> Which keeps cache lines from bouncing.

Yes but we already have such a global lock which has been
OK until now. Granted that some users are running into these
locks, but fine graining them can be considered independently
I think. So using per-sb lists of files and not bloating
struct inode any more could be a less controversial step
for you.


> > So this patch is purely a perofrmance improvement? Then I think
> > it needs to be justified with numbers and the downsides (bloating
> > struct inode in particulra) to be changelogged.
> 
> Certainly the cost.
> 
> One of the things I have discovered since I wrote this patch is the
> i_devices list.  Which means we don't necessarily need to have heads
> in places other than struct inode.  A character device driver (aka the
> tty code) can walk it's inode list and from each inode walk the file
> list.  I need to check the locking on that one.
> 
> If that simplification works we can move all maintenance of the file
> list into the vfs and not need a separate file list concept.  I will
> take a look.

Thanks,
Nick

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Thread overview: 99+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2009-04-11 12:01 [RFC][PATCH 0/9] File descriptor hot-unplug support Eric W. Biederman
2009-04-11 12:03 ` [RFC][PATCH 1/9] mm: Introduce remap_file_mappings Eric W. Biederman
2009-04-11 12:05 ` [RFC][PATCH 2/9] mm: Implement generic support for revoking a mapping Eric W. Biederman
2009-04-11 12:06 ` [RFC][PATCH 3/9] sysfs: Use remap_file_mappings Eric W. Biederman
2009-04-11 12:07 ` [RFC][PATCH 4/9] vfs: Generalize the file_list Eric W. Biederman
2009-04-11 12:08 ` [RFC][PATCH 5/9] vfs: Introduce basic infrastructure for revoking a file Eric W. Biederman
2009-04-14 22:12   ` Jonathan Corbet
2009-04-15  2:55     ` Eric W. Biederman
2009-04-11 12:10 ` [RFC][PATCH 6/9] vfs: Utilize fops_read_lock where appropriate Eric W. Biederman
2009-04-11 12:11 ` [RFC][PATCH 7/9] vfs: Optimize fops_read_lock Eric W. Biederman
2009-04-11 12:13 ` [RFC][PATCH 8/9] vfs: Implement generic revoked file operations Eric W. Biederman
2009-04-12 18:56   ` Jamie Lokier
2009-04-12 20:04     ` Eric W. Biederman
2009-04-12 20:31       ` Jamie Lokier
2009-04-12 21:53         ` Eric W. Biederman
2009-04-12 20:54       ` Eric W. Biederman
2009-04-12 21:02         ` Jamie Lokier
2009-04-12 23:06           ` Eric W. Biederman
2009-04-11 12:14 ` [RFC][PATCH 9/9] proc: Use the generic vfs revoke facility that now exists Eric W. Biederman
2009-04-11 15:58 ` [RFC][PATCH 0/9] File descriptor hot-unplug support Al Viro
2009-04-11 16:49   ` Eric W. Biederman
2009-04-11 16:56     ` Al Viro
2009-04-11 23:57       ` Eric W. Biederman
2009-04-12 20:21       ` Eric W. Biederman
2009-04-14  3:16 ` Tejun Heo
2009-04-14  7:39   ` Eric W. Biederman
2009-04-14  7:45     ` Tejun Heo
2009-04-14  8:27       ` Eric W. Biederman
2009-04-14  8:49         ` Tejun Heo
2009-04-14 15:07         ` Jamie Lokier
2009-04-14 19:09           ` Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-01 21:45 ` [PATCH 0/23] File descriptor hot-unplug support v2 Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-01 21:50   ` [PATCH 01/23] mm: Introduce revoke_file_mappings Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-01 22:25     ` Andrew Morton
2009-06-02  0:12       ` Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-01 21:50   ` [PATCH 02/23] vfs: Implement unpoll_file Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-06  8:08     ` Al Viro
2009-06-01 21:50   ` [PATCH 03/23] vfs: Generalize the file_list Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-02  7:06     ` Nick Piggin
2009-06-05 19:33       ` Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-09 10:38         ` Nick Piggin [this message]
2009-06-09 18:38           ` Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-10  6:05             ` Nick Piggin
2009-06-01 21:50   ` [PATCH 04/23] vfs: Introduce infrastructure for revoking a file Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-02  5:16     ` Pekka Enberg
2009-06-02  6:51       ` Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-02  7:08         ` Pekka Enberg
2009-06-02  7:14     ` Nick Piggin
2009-06-02 17:06       ` Linus Torvalds
2009-06-02 20:52         ` Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-03  6:37           ` Nick Piggin
2009-06-02 22:56       ` Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-03  6:38         ` Nick Piggin
2009-06-05  9:03     ` Miklos Szeredi
2009-06-05 19:06       ` Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-01 21:50   ` [PATCH 05/23] vfs: Teach lseek to use file_hotplug_lock Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-01 21:50   ` [PATCH 06/23] vfs: Teach read/write to use file_hotplug_read_lock Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-01 21:50   ` [PATCH 07/23] vfs: Teach sendfile,splice,tee,and vmsplice to use file_hotplug_lock Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-03 23:39     ` Badari Pulavarty
2009-06-05 19:37       ` Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-01 21:50   ` [PATCH 08/23] vfs: Teach readdir " Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-01 21:50   ` [PATCH 09/23] vfs: Teach poll and select " Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-01 21:50   ` [PATCH 10/23] vfs: Teach do_path_lookup " Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-01 21:50   ` [PATCH 11/23] mm: Teach mmap " Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-01 21:50   ` [PATCH 12/23] vfs: Teach fcntl " Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-01 21:50   ` [PATCH 13/23] vfs: Teach ioctl " Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-01 21:50   ` [PATCH 14/23] vfs: Teach flock " Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-01 21:50   ` [PATCH 15/23] vfs: Teach fallocate, and filp_close " Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-01 21:50   ` [PATCH 16/23] vfs: Teach fstatfs, fstatfs64, ftruncate, fchdir, fchmod, fchown " Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-01 21:50   ` [PATCH 17/23] proc: Teach /proc/<pid>/fd " Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-01 21:50   ` [PATCH 18/23] vfs: Teach epoll " Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-02 16:51     ` Davide Libenzi
2009-06-02 21:23       ` Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-02 21:52         ` Davide Libenzi
2009-06-02 22:51           ` Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-03 14:57             ` Davide Libenzi
2009-06-03 20:53               ` Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-04  0:50                 ` Davide Libenzi
2009-06-04  1:42                   ` Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-01 21:50   ` [PATCH 19/23] eventpoll: Fix comment Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-01 21:50   ` [PATCH 20/23] vfs: Teach aio to use file_hotplug_lock Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-01 21:50   ` [PATCH 21/23] vfs: Teach fsync " Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-01 21:50   ` [PATCH 22/23] vfs: Teach fadvice to file_hotplug_lock Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-01 21:50   ` [PATCH 23/23] vfs: Teach readahead to use the file_hotplug_lock Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-03 23:25     ` Badari Pulavarty
2009-06-06  8:03   ` [PATCH 0/23] File descriptor hot-unplug support v2 Al Viro
2009-06-08  9:41     ` Miklos Szeredi
2009-06-08 10:24       ` Jamie Lokier
2009-06-08 16:29       ` Al Viro
2009-06-08 16:44         ` Miklos Szeredi
2009-06-08 17:50           ` Al Viro
2009-06-08 18:01             ` Linus Torvalds
2009-06-08 18:50               ` Al Viro
2009-06-08 19:18                 ` Linus Torvalds
2009-06-09  6:42                   ` Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-09 10:52                     ` Nick Piggin
2009-06-09  5:50             ` Miklos Szeredi
2009-06-09  6:31               ` Eric W. Biederman
2009-06-09  6:22     ` Eric W. Biederman

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