large ncpus / memory support going in, HEADS UP - master may have some instability
dillon at apollo.backplane.com
Sat Dec 18 01:21:30 PST 2010
As part of the 48-core support some significant scheduler changes
have gone into master, so again HEADS UP there may be some instability.
The new scheduler changes how contended tokens are dealt with.
Instead of just randomly spinning trying to acquire the token the LWKT
scheduler now uses a cache-friendly FIFO index queue using atomic
instructions which time-slots the contending cpus so they only
spin against the currenet lock holder. The old algorithm did not scale
well to 48 cores while the new one scales quite nicely.
The new algorithm is still a work in progress but is far more flexible
than the old one and will soon be able to accommodate e.g. MWAIT and
other hardware features.
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