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Date:	Mon, 04 Jun 2007 21:00:47 +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 10:51 -0700, Stephen Hemminger wrote:
> > 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
> > 
> 
> Yes, the following patch makes iperf work better than ever.
> But are other broken applications going to have same problem.
> Sounds like the old "who runs first" fork() problems.

Not really. The fork() "who runs first" problem is nowhere specified.

usleep(0) is well defined:

.... If the value of useconds is 0, then the call has no effect.

So the call into the kernel has been wrong for quite a time.

	tglx


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