cvs commit: src/sys/conf options src/sys/kern kern_mutex.c

John Baldwin jhb at
Wed Apr 7 12:55:51 PDT 2004

On Tuesday 06 April 2004 11:41 pm, Jeff Roberson wrote:
> On Tue, 6 Apr 2004, John Baldwin wrote:
> > jhb         2004/04/06 12:12:25 PDT
> >
> >   FreeBSD src repository
> >
> >   Modified files:
> >     sys/conf             options
> >     sys/kern             kern_mutex.c
> >   Log:
> >   Add a new kernel option MUTEX_WAKE_ALL that changes the mutex unlock
> > code to awaken all waiters when a contested mutex is released instead of
> > just the highest priority waiter.  If the various threads are awakened in
> > sequence then each thread may acquire and release the lock in question
> > without contention resulting in fewer expensive unlock and lock
> > operations.  This old behavior of waking just the highest priority is
> > still used if this option is specified.  Making the algorithm conditional
> > on a kernel option will allows us to benchmark both cases later and
> > determine which one should be used by default.
> This seems like an optimization on UP and a pessimization on SMP.  Perhaps
> you should make it conditional on mp_ncpus?

Sun found it to be an optimization in general, and they tend to have a lot of 
very MP SMP boxes. :)  It is a kernel option specifically so we can benchmark 
it for various test cases.  I wouldn't mind having different defaults based 
on #ifdef SMP, but I'd rather avoid any run-time checks.

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