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From: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
To: Nicholas Piggin <npiggin@gmail.com>
Cc: Dave Hansen <dave.hansen@linux.intel.com>,
	Bob Peterson <rpeterso@redhat.com>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	Steven Whitehouse <swhiteho@redhat.com>,
	Andrew Lutomirski <luto@kernel.org>,
	Andreas Gruenbacher <agruenba@redhat.com>,
	Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org>,
	linux-mm <linux-mm@kvack.org>,
	Mel Gorman <mgorman@techsingularity.net>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 2/2] mm: add PageWaiters indicating tasks are waiting for a page bit
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2016 11:23:19 -0800	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <CA+55aFzKuiLS0CvTTqo5=8eyoksC1==30+XMiXZhQqzXr9JM3A@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <CA+55aFw22e6njM9L4sareRRJw3RjW9XwGH3B7p-ND86EtTWWDQ@mail.gmail.com>

On Tue, Dec 27, 2016 at 10:58 AM, Linus Torvalds
<torvalds@linux-foundation.org> wrote:
>
> The other alternative is to keep the lock bit as bit #0, and just make
> the contention bit be the high bit. Then, on x86, you can do
>
>     lock andb $0xfe,flags
>     js contention
>
> which might be even better. Again, it would be a very special
> operation just for unlock. Something like
>
>    bit_clear_and_branch_if_negative_byte(mem, label);
>
> and again, it would be trivial to do on most architectures.
>
> Let me try to write a patch or two for testing.

Ok, that was easy.

Of course, none of this is *tested*, but it looks superficially
correct, and allows other architectures to do the same optimization if
they want.

On x86, the unlock_page() code now generates

        lock; andb $1,(%rdi)    #, MEM[(volatile long int *)_7]
        js      .L114   #,
        popq    %rbp    #
        ret

for the actual unlock itself.

Now to actually compile the whole thing and see if it boots..

                 Linus

  reply	other threads:[~2016-12-27 19:30 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 22+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2016-12-25  3:00 [PATCH 0/2] PageWaiters again Nicholas Piggin
2016-12-25  3:00 ` [PATCH 1/2] mm: Use owner_priv bit for PageSwapCache, valid when PageSwapBacked Nicholas Piggin
2016-12-25  5:13   ` Hugh Dickins
2016-12-25  3:00 ` [PATCH 2/2] mm: add PageWaiters indicating tasks are waiting for a page bit Nicholas Piggin
2016-12-25 21:51   ` Linus Torvalds
2016-12-26  1:16     ` Nicholas Piggin
2016-12-26 19:07       ` Linus Torvalds
2016-12-27 11:19         ` Nicholas Piggin
2016-12-27 18:58           ` Linus Torvalds
2016-12-27 19:23             ` Linus Torvalds [this message]
2016-12-27 19:24               ` Linus Torvalds
2016-12-27 19:40                 ` Linus Torvalds
2016-12-27 20:17                   ` Linus Torvalds
2016-12-28  3:53             ` Nicholas Piggin
2016-12-28 19:17               ` Linus Torvalds
2016-12-29  4:08                 ` Nicholas Piggin
2016-12-29  4:16                   ` Linus Torvalds
2016-12-29  5:26                     ` Nicholas Piggin
2017-01-03 10:24                       ` Mel Gorman
2017-01-03 12:29                         ` Nicholas Piggin
2017-01-03 17:18                           ` Mel Gorman
2016-12-29 22:16                     ` [PATCH] mm/filemap: fix parameters to test_bit() Olof Johansson

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