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From: Li Yu <raise.sail <at> gmail.com>
Subject: [RFC] Introduce to batch variants of accept() and epoll_ctl() syscall
Newsgroups: gmane.linux.kernel
Date: Friday 15th June 2012 04:13:06 UTC (over 4 years ago)
Hi,

  We encounter a performance problem in a large scale computer
cluster, which needs to handle a lot of incoming concurrent TCP
connection requests.

  The top shows the kernel is most cpu hog, the testing is simple,
just a accept() -> epoll_ctl(ADD) loop, the ratio of cpu util sys% to
si% is about 2:5.

  I also asked some experienced webserver/proxy developers in my team
for suggestions, it seem that behavior of many userland programs already
called accept() multiple times after it is waked up by
epoll_wait(). And the common action is adding the fd that accept()
return into epoll interface by epoll_ctl() syscall then.

  Therefore, I think that we'd better to introduce to batch variants of
accept() and epoll_ctl() syscall, just like sendmmsg() or recvmmsg().

  For accept(), we may need a new syscall, it may like this,

  struct accept_result {
      int fd;
      struct sockaddr addr;
      socklen_t addr_len;
  };

  int maccept4(int fd, int flags, int nr_accept_result, struct
accept_result *results);

  For epoll_ctl(), there are two means to extend it, I prefer to extend
current interface instead of introduce to new syscall. We may introduce
to a new flag EPOLL_CTL_BATCH. If userland call epoll_ctl() with this
flag set, the meaning of last two arguments of epoll_ctl() change, .e.g:

  struct batch_epoll_event batch_event[] = {
         {
              .fd = a_newsock_fd;
              .epoll_event = { ... };
         },
         ...
  };

  ret = epoll_ctl(fd, EPOLL_CTL_ADD|EPOLL_CTL_BATCH, nr_batch_events,
batch_events);

  Thanks.

Yu
 
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