From: Nicolai Hähnle <>

Document the invariants we maintain for the wait list of ww_mutexes.

Cc: Peter Zijlstra <>
Cc: Ingo Molnar <>
Cc: Maarten Lankhorst <>
Cc: Daniel Vetter <>
Cc: Chris Wilson <>
Signed-off-by: Nicolai Hähnle <>
 Documentation/locking/ww-mutex-design.txt | 12 ++++++++----
 1 file changed, 8 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/locking/ww-mutex-design.txt 
index 8a112dc..34c3a1b 100644
--- a/Documentation/locking/ww-mutex-design.txt
+++ b/Documentation/locking/ww-mutex-design.txt
@@ -309,11 +309,15 @@ Design:
   normal mutex locks, which are far more common. As such there is only a small
   increase in code size if wait/wound mutexes are not used.
+  We maintain the following invariants for the wait list:
+  (1) Waiters with an acquire context are sorted by stamp order; waiters
+      without an acquire context are interspersed in FIFO order.
+  (2) Among waiters with contexts, only the first one can have other locks
+      acquired already (ctx->acquired > 0). Note that this waiter may come
+      after other waiters without contexts in the list.
   In general, not much contention is expected. The locks are typically used to
-  serialize access to resources for devices. The only way to make wakeups
-  smarter would be at the cost of adding a field to struct mutex_waiter. This
-  would add overhead to all cases where normal mutexes are used, and
-  ww_mutexes are generally less performance sensitive.
+  serialize access to resources for devices.
   Special care has been taken to warn for as many cases of api abuse

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