On Wed, Feb 24, 2021 at 10:38 AM Alexey Gladkov
One of the reasons for this is that I rolled back the patch that changed
the ucounts.count type to atomic_t. Now get_ucounts() is forced to use a
spin_lock to increase the reference count.
Yeah, that definitely should be an atomic type, since the extended use
of ucounts clearly puts way too much pressure on that ucount lock.
I remember complaining about one version of that patch, but my
complaint wasabout it changing semantics of the saturation logic (and
I think it was also wrong because it still kept the spinlock for
get_ucounts(), so it didn't even take advantage of the atomic
Side note: I don't think a refcount_t" is necessarily the right thing
to do, since the ucount reference counter does its own saturation
logic, and the refcount_t version is imho not great.
So it probably just needs to use an atomic_t, and do the saturation
Side note: look at try_get_page(). That one actually does refcounting
with overflow protection better than refcount_t, in my opinion. But I
am obviously biased, since I wrote it ;)
88b1a17dfc3e mm: add 'try_get_page()' helper function
f958d7b528b1 mm: make page ref count overflow check tighter and
with that "page->_recount" being just a regular atomic_t.