runtime: scavenger freezes up in Go 1.14 in Windows due to coarse time granularity [1.14 backport] #38856
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May 7, 2020
…re defensive This change adds two bits of logic to the scavenger's pacing. Firstly, it checks to make sure we scavenged at least one physical page, if we released a non-zero amount of memory. If we try to release less than one physical page, most systems will release the whole page, which could lead to memory corruption down the road, and this is a signal we're in this situation. Secondly, the scavenger's pacing logic now checks to see if the time a scavenging operation takes is measured to be exactly zero or negative. The exact zero case can happen if time update granularity is too large to effectively capture the time the scavenging operation took, like on Windows where the OS timer frequency is generally 1ms. The negative case should not happen, but we're being defensive (against kernel bugs, bugs in the runtime, etc.). If either of these cases happen, we fall back to Go 1.13 behavior: assume the scavenge operation took around 10µs per physical page. We ignore huge pages in this case because we're in unknown territory, so we choose to be conservative about pacing (huge pages could only increase the rate of scavenging). Currently, the scavenger is broken on Windows because the granularity of time measurement is around 1 ms, which is too coarse to measure how fast we're scavenging, so we often end up with a scavenging time of zero, followed by NaNs and garbage values in the pacing logic, which usually leads to the scavenger sleeping forever. For #38617. Fixes #38856. Change-Id: Iaaa2a4cbb21338e1258d010f7362ed58b7db1af7 Reviewed-on: https://go-review.googlesource.com/c/go/+/229997 Run-TryBot: Michael Knyszek <firstname.lastname@example.org> TryBot-Result: Gobot Gobot <email@example.com> Reviewed-by: David Chase <firstname.lastname@example.org> Reviewed-by: Austin Clements <email@example.com> (cherry picked from commit c791537) Reviewed-on: https://go-review.googlesource.com/c/go/+/232743