[PATCH] locking: Generic ticket lock

Arnd Bergmann arnd at arndb.de
Thu Oct 21 08:31:51 PDT 2021

On Thu, Oct 21, 2021 at 5:14 PM Peter Zijlstra <peterz at infradead.org> wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 21, 2021 at 03:49:51PM +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> I think for a load-store arch this thing should generate pretty close to
> optimal code. x86 can do ticket_unlock() slightly better using a single
> INCW (or ADDW 1) on the owner subword, where this implementation will to
> separate load-add-store instructions.
> If that is actually measurable is something else entirely.

Ok, so I guess such an architecture could take the generic implementation
and override just arch_spin_unlock() or just arch_spin_lock(), if that
makes a difference for them.

Should we perhaps turn your modified openrisc asm/spinlock.h
and asm/spin_lock_types.h the fallback in asm-generic, and
remove the ones for the architectures that have no overrides
at all?

Or possibly a version that can do both based on
let us remove even more architecture specific headers, but
it increases the risk of some architecture using qspinlock
when they really should not.

> > or a trivial test-and-set?
> If your SMP arch is halfway sane (no fwd progress issues etc..) then
> ticket should behave well and avoid the starvation/variablilty of TaS
> lock.

Ok, and I guess we still need to keep the parisc and sparc32 versions

> The big exception there is virtualized architectures, ticket is
> absolutely horrendous for 'guests' (any fair lock is for that matter).

This might be useful information to put into the header, at least
I had no idea about this distinction.


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