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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH v2] rwlock: allow recursive read locking when already locked in write mode

On 21/02/2020 13:46, Jürgen Groß wrote:
On 21.02.20 14:36, Jan Beulich wrote:
On 21.02.2020 10:10, Roger Pau Monné wrote:
On Thu, Feb 20, 2020 at 07:20:06PM +0000, Julien Grall wrote:

On 20/02/2020 17:31, Roger Pau Monne wrote:
Allow a CPU already holding the lock in write mode to also lock it in
read mode. There's no harm in allowing read locking a rwlock that's
already owned by the caller (ie: CPU) in write mode. Allowing such
accesses is required at least for the CPU maps use-case.

In order to do this reserve 14bits of the lock, this allows to support
up to 16384 CPUs. Also reduce the write lock mask to 2 bits: one to
signal there are pending writers waiting on the lock and the other to
signal the lock is owned in write mode. Note the write related data
is using 16bits, this is done in order to be able to clear it (and
thus release the lock) using a 16bit atomic write.

This reduces the maximum number of concurrent readers from 16777216 to
65536, I think this should still be enough, or else the lock field
can be expanded from 32 to 64bits if all architectures support atomic
operations on 64bit integers.

FWIW, arm32 is able to support atomic operations on 64-bit integers.

   static inline void _write_unlock(rwlock_t *lock)
-    /*
-     * If the writer field is atomic, it can be cleared directly.
-     * Otherwise, an atomic subtraction will be used to clear it.
-     */
-    atomic_sub(_QW_LOCKED, &lock->cnts);
+    /* Since the writer field is atomic, it can be cleared directly. */
+    ASSERT(_is_write_locked_by_me(atomic_read(&lock->cnts)));
+    BUILD_BUG_ON(_QR_SHIFT != 16);
+    write_atomic((uint16_t *)&lock->cnts, 0);

I think this is an abuse to cast an atomic_t() directly into a uint16_t. You
would at least want to use &lock->cnts.counter here.

Sure, I was wondering about this myself.

Will wait for more comments, not sure whether this can be fixed upon
commit if there are no other issues.

It's more than just adding another field specifier here. A cast like
this one is endianness-unsafe, and hence a trap waiting for a big
endian port attempt to fall into. At the very least this should cause
a build failure on big endian systems, even better would be if it was

Wouldn't a union be the better choice?

You would not be able to use atomic_t in that case as you can't assume the layout of the structure.


Julien Grall

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