|author||David S. Miller <firstname.lastname@example.org>||2011-01-26 20:51:05 -0800|
|committer||David S. Miller <email@example.com>||2011-01-26 20:51:05 -0800|
|parent||Merge branch 'master' of master.kernel.org:/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/davem/net-2.6 (diff)|
net: Implement read-only protection and COW'ing of metrics.
Routing metrics are now copy-on-write. Initially a route entry points it's metrics at a read-only location. If a routing table entry exists, it will point there. Else it will point at the all zero metric place-holder called 'dst_default_metrics'. The writeability state of the metrics is stored in the low bits of the metrics pointer, we have two bits left to spare if we want to store more states. For the initial implementation, COW is implemented simply via kmalloc. However future enhancements will change this to place the writable metrics somewhere else, in order to increase sharing. Very likely this "somewhere else" will be the inetpeer cache. Note also that this means that metrics updates may transiently fail if we cannot COW the metrics successfully. But even by itself, this patch should decrease memory usage and increase cache locality especially for routing workloads. In those cases the read-only metric copies stay in place and never get written to. TCP workloads where metrics get updated, and those rare cases where PMTU triggers occur, will take a very slight performance hit. But that hit will be alleviated when the long-term writable metrics move to a more sharable location. Since the metrics storage went from a u32 array of RTAX_MAX entries to what is essentially a pointer, some retooling of the dst_entry layout was necessary. Most importantly, we need to preserve the alignment of the reference count so that it doesn't share cache lines with the read-mostly state, as per Eric Dumazet's alignment assertion checks. The only non-trivial bit here is the move of the 'flags' member into the writeable cacheline. This is OK since we are always accessing the flags around the same moment when we made a modification to the reference count. Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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