[Bridge] [PATCH 07/17] net: convert sock.sk_refcnt from atomic_t to refcount_t

Eric Dumazet eric.dumazet at gmail.com
Mon Mar 20 14:51:01 UTC 2017

On Mon, 2017-03-20 at 14:40 +0100, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 09:27:13PM +0800, Herbert Xu wrote:
> > On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 02:23:57PM +0100, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > >
> > > So what bench/setup do you want ran?
> > 
> > You can start by counting how many cycles an atomic op takes
> > vs. how many cycles this new code takes.
> On what uarch?
> I think I tested hand coded asm version and it ended up about double the
> cycles for a cmpxchg loop vs the direct instruction on an IVB-EX (until
> the memory bus saturated, at which point they took the same). Newer
> parts will of course have different numbers,
> Can't we run some iperf on a 40gbe fiber loop or something? It would be
> very useful to have an actual workload we can run.

If atomic ops are converted one by one, it is likely that results will
be noise.

We can not start a global conversion without having a way to have
selective debugging ?

Then, adopting this fine infra would really not be a problem.

Some arches have efficient atomic_inc() ( no full barriers ) while load
+ test + atomic_cmpxchg() + test + loop" is more expensive.

PowerPC has no efficient atomic_inc() and this definitely shows on
network intensive workloads involving concurrent cores/threads.

atomic_cmpxchg() on PowerPC is horribly more expensive because of the
added two SYNC instructions.

networking performance is quite poor on PowerPC as of today.

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