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From Greg Ames <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] Use mutex locks in mod_specweb99.c
Date Thu, 12 Dec 2002 23:08:59 GMT
MATHIHALLI,MADHUSUDAN (HP-Cupertino,ex1) wrote:
> same on HP-UX also.. This is how it looks :
> /* Cross process serialization techniques */
> /* #undef USE_FLOCK_SERIALIZE */
> /* #undef USE_FCNTL_SERIALIZE */
> /* #undef POSIXSEM_IS_GLOBAL */
> /* #undef SYSVSEM_IS_GLOBAL */
> /* #undef FCNTL_IS_GLOBAL */
> /* #undef FLOCK_IS_GLOBAL */

oh well...sigh...  I guess we're stuck with using double locks for now, either 
as in your patch or as in the apr_global_mutex_xxx functions.  I can configure 
Apache with --disable-threads when I benchmark with prefork and get it back down 
to one lock.  I will be on vacation for the rest of the year after tomorrow, so 
I'd prefer that someone else follow up on this.

Longer term, Dave Hansen whom I work with at IBM had a couple of intriguing 
ideas for the SPECWeb99 post log.  One is to implement it in shared memory.  The 
current record counter is updated using an atomic_add primitive.  Once you do 
that, you can use the answer as an index into an array of log records and no 
other threads will access that particular record.  A complication is how to 
implement command/Fetch.  Dave has an implementation which uses a separate 
daemon program to retrieve the log.

Dave also asked me if there would be a way to use Apache's regular logging 
functions for the SPEC post log, and cut down on the number of opens and closes 
on the post log file.  That's an interesting idea.  If mod_specweb99 opened the 
post log during the post_config hook, or something similar, and the child 
processes all inherited the post log fd, they could just write to it.  The 
problem would be the current record counter and the record number at the 
beginning of each log record.  We could use a shared memory variable updated 
with atomic_add here too, or maybe pipe the post log to a utility which prepends 
the record number.  I took a quick look at the SPECWeb99 run rules, and they 
seem to be flexible on how you actually implement the post log.


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