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Date:   Mon, 18 Feb 2019 14:43:50 +0100
From:   Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@...uxfoundation.org>
To:     linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Cc:     Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@...uxfoundation.org>,
        stable@...r.kernel.org, Davidlohr Bueso <dbueso@...e.de>,
        Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
        Al Viro <viro@...iv.linux.org.uk>,
        Jason Baron <jbaron@...mai.com>,
        Linus Torvalds <torvalds@...ux-foundation.org>,
        Sasha Levin <sashal@...nel.org>
Subject: [PATCH 3.18 054/108] fs/epoll: drop ovflist branch prediction

3.18-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.

------------------

[ Upstream commit 76699a67f3041ff4c7af6d6ee9be2bfbf1ffb671 ]

The ep->ovflist is a secondary ready-list to temporarily store events
that might occur when doing sproc without holding the ep->wq.lock.  This
accounts for every time we check for ready events and also send events
back to userspace; both callbacks, particularly the latter because of
copy_to_user, can account for a non-trivial time.

As such, the unlikely() check to see if the pointer is being used, seems
both misleading and sub-optimal.  In fact, we go to an awful lot of
trouble to sync both lists, and populating the ovflist is far from an
uncommon scenario.

For example, profiling a concurrent epoll_wait(2) benchmark, with
CONFIG_PROFILE_ANNOTATED_BRANCHES shows that for a two threads a 33%
incorrect rate was seen; and when incrementally increasing the number of
epoll instances (which is used, for example for multiple queuing load
balancing models), up to a 90% incorrect rate was seen.

Similarly, by deleting the prediction, 3% throughput boost was seen
across incremental threads.

Link: http://lkml.kernel.org/r/20181108051006.18751-4-dave@stgolabs.net
Signed-off-by: Davidlohr Bueso <dbueso@...e.de>
Reviewed-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>
Cc: Al Viro <viro@...iv.linux.org.uk>
Cc: Jason Baron <jbaron@...mai.com>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@...ux-foundation.org>
Signed-off-by: Sasha Levin <sashal@...nel.org>
---
 fs/eventpoll.c | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/fs/eventpoll.c b/fs/eventpoll.c
index 2b5285c40b40..8e50ef617d85 100644
--- a/fs/eventpoll.c
+++ b/fs/eventpoll.c
@@ -1037,7 +1037,7 @@ static int ep_poll_callback(wait_queue_t *wait, unsigned mode, int sync, void *k
 	 * semantics). All the events that happen during that period of time are
 	 * chained in ep->ovflist and requeued later on.
 	 */
-	if (unlikely(ep->ovflist != EP_UNACTIVE_PTR)) {
+	if (ep->ovflist != EP_UNACTIVE_PTR) {
 		if (epi->next == EP_UNACTIVE_PTR) {
 			epi->next = ep->ovflist;
 			ep->ovflist = epi;
-- 
2.19.1



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