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Date:	Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:30:55 -0400 (EDT)
From:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: getaddrinfo slowdown in 3.17.1, due to getifaddrs

From: Eric Dumazet <>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:28:03 -0700

> On Fri, 2014-10-17 at 07:25 +0100, Thomas Graf wrote:
>> On 10/17/14 at 02:34am, Steinar H. Gunderson wrote:
>> > On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 02:21:32AM +0200, Steinar H. Gunderson wrote:
>> > > Hi,
>> > > 
>> > > We recently upgraded a machine from 3.14.5 to 3.17.1, and a Perl script we're
>> > > running to poll SNMP suddenly needed ten times as much time to complete.
>> > 
>> > e341694e3eb57fcda9f1adc7bfea42fe080d8d7a looks like it might cause something
>> > like this (it certainly added the synchronize_net() call). Cc-ing people on 
>> > that commit; quoting the entire rest of the message for reference.
>> I think the only option at this point is to re-add the nltable lock to
>> netlink_lookup() so we can drop the synchronize_net() until we find a
>> way to RCUify socket destruction. I will cook up a patch today unless
>> somebody can come up with a smarter way to work around needing the
>> synchronize_net().
> I had a patch to add conditional RCUify socket destruction for some kind
> of sockets (opt-in at protocol level).
> I needed this to remove too expensive UDP socket refcount inc/dec (so
> get rid of SLAB_DESTROY_BY_RCU, and instead use call_rcu() or kfree_rcu
> thing)
> But I couldn't finish and submit this for 3.18, and I believe I got it
> wrong anyway. Cant remember exact details right now, maybe later in the
> day, once my headache is better.

Can I ask a serious question?  What is the synchronize_net() in AF_NETLINK
exactly needed for?
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