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Date:	Thu, 03 Jan 2013 08:24:37 -0500
From:	Steven Rostedt <rostedt@...dmis.org>
To:	Jan Beulich <JBeulich@...e.com>
Cc:	Rik van Riel <riel@...hat.com>, eric.dumazet@...il.com,
	therbert@...gle.com, walken@...gle.com, jeremy@...p.org,
	tglx@...utronix.de, aquini@...hat.com, lwoodman@...hat.com,
	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH 3/3 -v2] x86,smp: auto tune spinlock backoff delay
 factor

On Thu, 2013-01-03 at 09:05 +0000, Jan Beulich wrote:

> > How much bus traffic do monitor/mwait cause behind the scenes?
> 
> I would suppose that this just snoops the bus for writes, but the
> amount of bus traffic involved in this isn't explicitly documented.
> 
> One downside of course is that unless a spin lock is made occupy
> exactly a cache line, false wakeups are possible.

And that would probably be very likely, as the whole purpose of Rik's
patches was to lower cache stalls due to other CPUs pounding on spin
locks that share the cache line of what is being protected (and
modified).

-- Steve


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