|Julian Elischer||May 29, 2008 5:28 pm|
|Ed Schouten||Jun 1, 2008 9:57 pm|
|Julian Elischer||Jun 2, 2008 5:09 am|
|Daniel Eischen||Jun 2, 2008 5:20 am|
|Daniel Eischen||Jun 2, 2008 5:28 am|
|Julian Elischer||Jun 2, 2008 7:10 am|
|George V. Neville-Neil||Jun 2, 2008 3:37 pm|
|Daniel Eischen||Jun 2, 2008 5:14 pm|
|Poul-Henning Kamp||Jun 2, 2008 5:34 pm|
|Alfred Perlstein||Jun 2, 2008 5:35 pm|
|Subject:||all mutexes -> read-write locks?|
|From:||Julian Elischer (jul...@elischer.org)|
|Date:||Jun 2, 2008 7:10:45 am|
Daniel Eischen wrote:
On Sun, 1 Jun 2008, Julian Elischer wrote:
Daniel Eischen wrote:
On Sun, 1 Jun 2008, Ed Schouten wrote:
* Julian Elischer <jul...@elischer.org> wrote:
it has been mentioned several times that through the evolution of the locking primitives it has come to be that mutexes and exclusively acquired reader-writer locks are almost the same in terms of overhead and that it might be a good move to define all mutexes to be actually just that.
this would allow people to slowly go through the system, catching low hanging fruit by converting some of the mutex operations to reader acquisitions wherever a writer is not required, thus reducing general system contention.
Is there any thought on this? Last I heard jhb had confirmed that it was feasible..
If this is going to be done, could we have mtx_* macro's pointing to the proper read/write ops? I know, it's just names, but I think most novice FreeBSD kernel hackers will almost instantaneously figure out what 'mtx' stands for.
Yes, mutex (mtx) is known very well.
I don't think changing all mutex operations to rdlock operations is wise. They are two different animals, regardless of their implementation. Mutexes are very commonly used in device drivers, at least outside of FreeBSD. And just because our current implementation of them are the same as rwlocks doesn't mean that it will always be the same in the future.
so let's imagine that mutexes dissappear... :-)
I'd rather not. What do you have against them?
People use them without thinking about whether they need to be so strict.
Their API is simple enough to use. If there is code that really wants to have multiple readers, by all means change it to use rwlocks.
yes but we have a lot of code that uses mutexes.. changing it would allow a slow transition to using rw locks.
Take a look at Solaris kernel mutexes and see how you can init a mutex that is to be used in an interrupt handler.
how does that help making more things use read locking?