reduce lock contention in do_pagecache_readahead

reduce lock contention in do_pagecache_readahead

Post by Andrew Morto » Tue, 21 May 2002 04:40:08

Anton Blanchard has a workload (the SDET benchmark) which is showing some
moderate lock contention in do_pagecache_readahead().

Seems that SDET has many threads performing seeky reads against a
cached file.  The average number of pagecache probes in a single
do_pagecache_readahead() is six, which seems reasonable.

The patch (from Anton) flips the locking around to optimise for the
fast case (page was present).  So the kernel takes the lock less often,
and does more work once it has been acquired.


--- 2.5.16/mm/readahead.c~anton-readahead-locking       Sun May 19 11:49:45 2002

         * Preallocate as many pages as we will need.
+       read_lock(&mapping->page_lock);
        for (page_idx = 0; page_idx < nr_to_read; page_idx++) {
                unsigned long page_offset = offset + page_idx;

                if (page_offset > end_index)

-               read_lock(&mapping->page_lock);
                page = radix_tree_lookup(&mapping->page_tree, page_offset);
-               read_unlock(&mapping->page_lock);
                if (page)

+               read_unlock(&mapping->page_lock);
                page = page_cache_alloc(mapping);
+               read_lock(&mapping->page_lock);
                if (!page)
                page->index = page_offset;
                list_add(&page->list, &page_pool);
+       read_unlock(&mapping->page_lock);

         * Now start the IO.  We ignore I/O errors - if the page is not

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