[PATCH 03/10] Use percpu stats
cl at linux.com
Tue Aug 31 14:35:37 PDT 2010
On Tue, 31 Aug 2010, Eric Dumazet wrote:
> > Yes, this_cpu_add() seems sufficient. I can't recall why I used u64_stats_*
> > but if it's not required for atomic access to 64-bit then why was it added to
> > the mainline in the first place?
> Because we wanted to have fast 64bit counters, even on 32bit arches, and
> this has litle to do with 'atomic' on one entity, but a group of
> counters. (check drivers/net/loopback.c, lines 91-94). No lock prefix
> used in fast path.
> We also wanted readers to read correct values, not a value being changed
> by a writer, with inconsistent 32bit halves. SNMP applications want
> monotonically increasing counters.
> this_cpu_add()/this_cpu_read() doesnt fit.
> Even for single counter, this_cpu_read(64bit) is not using an RMW
> (cmpxchg8) instruction, so you can get very strange results when low
> order 32bit wraps.
How about fixing it so that everyone benefits?
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