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authorPaul E. McKenney <paulmck@linux.vnet.ibm.com>2008-08-05 09:21:44 -0700
committerIngo Molnar <mingo@elte.hu>2008-08-15 16:08:47 +0200
commit1f7b94cd3d564901f9e04a8bc5832ae7bfd690a0 (patch)
tree32da3db422dd590cadd879bf6e5f8c5aa7b2a2a2 /Documentation/RCU/whatisRCU.txt
parent293a17ebc944c958e24e6ffbd1d5a49abdbf489e (diff)
rcu: classic RCU locking and memory-barrier cleanups
This patch simplifies the locking and memory-barrier usage in the Classic RCU grace-period-detection mechanism, incorporating Lai Jiangshan's feedback from the earlier version (http://lkml.org/lkml/2008/8/1/400 and http://lkml.org/lkml/2008/8/3/43). Passed 10 hours of rcutorture concurrent with CPUs being put online and taken offline on a 128-hardware-thread Power machine. My apologies to whoever in the Eastern Hemisphere was planning to use this machine over the Western Hemisphere night, but it was sitting idle and... So this is ready for tip/core/rcu. This patch is in preparation for moving to a hierarchical algorithm to allow the very large SMP machines -- requested by some people at OLS, and there seem to have been a few recent patches in the 4096-CPU direction as well. The general idea is to move to a much more conservative concurrency design, then apply a hierarchy to reduce contention on the global lock by a few orders of magnitude (larger machines would see greater reductions). The reason for taking a conservative approach is that this code isn't on any fast path. Prototype in progress. This patch is against the linux-tip git tree (tip/core/rcu). If you wish to test this against 2.6.26, use the following set of patches: http://www.rdrop.com/users/paulmck/patches/2.6.26-ljsimp-1.patch http://www.rdrop.com/users/paulmck/patches/2.6.26-ljsimpfix-3.patch The first patch combines commits 5127bed588a2f8f3a1f732de2a8a190b7df5dce3 and 3cac97cbb14aed00d83eb33d4613b0fe3aaea863 from Lai Jiangshan <laijs@cn.fujitsu.com>, and the second patch contains my changes. Signed-off-by: Paul E. McKenney <paulmck@linux.vnet.ibm.com> Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <mingo@elte.hu>
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