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Date:	Mon, 04 Jun 2007 19:32:48 +0200
From:	Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de>
To:	Stephen Hemminger <shemminger@...ux-foundation.org>
Cc:	Ulrich Drepper <drepper@...il.com>,
	Maximilian Engelhardt <maxi@...monizer.de>,
	Michael Buesch <mb@...sch.de>,
	linux-kernel <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
	linux-wireless <linux-wireless@...r.kernel.org>,
	Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <acme@...stprotocols.net>,
	Jeff Garzik <jgarzik@...ox.com>,
	Gary Zambrano <zambrano@...adcom.com>, netdev@...r.kernel.org,
	Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
	Ingo Molnar <mingo@...e.hu>
Subject: Re: iperf: performance regression (was b44 driver problem?)

On Mon, 2007-06-04 at 09:59 -0700, Stephen Hemminger wrote:
> > > gettimeofday({1180973726, 982754}, NULL) = 0
> > > recv(4, "\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\1\0\0\23\211\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\377\377\364"..., 8192, 0) = 8192
> > > gettimeofday({1180973726, 983790}, NULL) = 0
> > 
> > Well, gettimeofday() is not affected by the highres code, but
> > 
> > > nanosleep({0, 0}, NULL) = 0
> > > nanosleep({0, 0}, NULL) = 0
> > 
> > is. The nanosleep call with a relative timeout of 0 returns immediately
> > with highres enabled, while it sleeps at least until the next tick
> > arrives when highres is off. Are there more of those stupid sleeps in
> > the code ?
> 
> GLIBC pthread_mutex does it, YES it is a problem!
> Looks like the old behavior is required for ABI compatibility.
>
> iperf server has several threads. One thread is using pthread_mutex_lock
> to wait for the other thread.  It looks like pthread_mutex_lock is using
> nanosleep as yield().

I doubt that. This is in the iperf code itself.

void thread_rest ( void ) {
#if defined( HAVE_THREAD )
#if defined( HAVE_POSIX_THREAD )
    // TODO add checks for sched_yield or pthread_yield and call that
    // if available
    usleep( 0 );

----------^^^^

It results in a nanosleep({0,0}, NULL)

	tglx


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