filedesc_sx patch (20070401a)

Robert Watson rwatson at
Tue Apr 3 22:01:46 UTC 2007

On Sun, 1 Apr 2007, Robert Watson wrote:

> The attached patch moves file descriptor locks from being a custom 
> mutex/sleep lock implemented using msleep() to an sx lock.  With the new sx 
> lock optimizations in place, this is now sensible, avoiding both a custom 
> lock type and significantly improving performance.  Kris has reported 2x-4x 
> improvement in transactions/sec with MySQL using this patch, as it greatly 
> reduces the cost of lock contention during file descriptor lookup for 
> threaded applications, and also moves to shared locking to avoid exclusive 
> acquisition for read-only operations (the vast majority in most workloads). 
> Patch is below, but you can also download from:
> I'm currently waiting for the sx lock changes to settle for a few days 
> before committing, so will plan to commit this around Wednesday/Thursday of 
> this week (unless serious problems arise).

Andrzej has pointed out that shortly after I posted the patch, it came into 
conflict with changes in VFS.  I've updated the patch and posted it at:


Robert N M Watson
Computer Laboratory
University of Cambridge

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