Jan Kiszka wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> while preparing my reworked fast mutex patches for submission, reviewing
> them once again, I realized a conception problem that the fast path can
> introduce: So far every pthread_mutex_lock or rt_mutex_acquire forced
> the caller into primary mode in case it was in secondary before. Now
> this will only happen if the mutex is contended!

Yes, I had already thought about that, and even mentioned it on the
mailing list I believe.

> 
> Let's consider the fairly typical use case of a two threads
> synchronizing a critical section with the help of a mutex. One thread is
> high-prio, always in primary mode, the other is low-prio, constantly
> transiting between primary (while holding the lock) and secondary (while
> interacting with Linux). If the low-prio acquires the uncontended lock,
> it will now remain in secondary mode thanks to the new mutex fast path.
> That means if the high-prio requests the lock as well, prio-inheritance
> will no longer work as the owner is not in the right mode!
> 
> I guess what we need is mode detection for the caller in the mutex fast
> path. If the possible new owner is in secondary mode, the syscall path
> needs to be taken to trigger a migration reliably. That in turn means we
> need a syscall-less detection of the current execution mode. Any
> spontaneous ideas on this?

Is not it even simpler for the oscillating thread to switch to primary
mode when it accesses such a mutex? Otherwise we have kernel/user shared
 maps, so allocating a few bytes there should be enough.

-- 
                                                 Gilles.

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