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tty: stop using "delayed_work" in the tty layer

Using delayed-work for tty flip buffers ends up causing us to wait for
the next tick to complete some actions.  That's usually not all that
noticeable, but for certain latency-critical workloads it ends up being
totally unacceptable.

As an extreme case of this, passing a token back-and-forth over a pty
will take two ticks per iteration, so even just a thousand iterations
will take 8 seconds assuming a common 250Hz configuration.

Avoiding the whole delayed work issue brings that ping-pong test-case
down to 0.009s on my machine.

In more practical terms, this latency has been a performance problem for
things like dive computer simulators (simulating the serial interface
using the ptys) and for other environments (Alan mentions a CP/M emulator).

Reported-by: Jef Driesen <jefdriesen@telenet.be>
Acked-by: Greg KH <gregkh@suse.de>
Acked-by: Alan Cox <alan@lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
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1 parent f741a79 commit f23eb2b2b28547fc70df82dd5049eb39bec5ba12 @torvalds committed Mar 22, 2011
Showing with 16 additions and 16 deletions.
  1. +7 −7 drivers/tty/tty_buffer.c
  2. +7 −7 drivers/tty/tty_ldisc.c
  3. +1 −1 include/linux/kbd_kern.h
  4. +1 −1 include/linux/tty.h
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@@ -322,7 +322,7 @@ void tty_schedule_flip(struct tty_struct *tty)
if (tty->buf.tail != NULL)
tty->buf.tail->commit = tty->buf.tail->used;
spin_unlock_irqrestore(&tty->buf.lock, flags);
- schedule_delayed_work(&tty->buf.work, 1);
+ schedule_work(&tty->buf.work);
}
EXPORT_SYMBOL(tty_schedule_flip);
@@ -402,7 +402,7 @@ EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(tty_prepare_flip_string_flags);
static void flush_to_ldisc(struct work_struct *work)
{
struct tty_struct *tty =
- container_of(work, struct tty_struct, buf.work.work);
+ container_of(work, struct tty_struct, buf.work);
unsigned long flags;
struct tty_ldisc *disc;
@@ -443,7 +443,7 @@ static void flush_to_ldisc(struct work_struct *work)
if (test_bit(TTY_FLUSHPENDING, &tty->flags))
break;
if (!tty->receive_room || seen_tail) {
- schedule_delayed_work(&tty->buf.work, 1);
+ schedule_work(&tty->buf.work);
break;
}
if (count > tty->receive_room)
@@ -481,7 +481,7 @@ static void flush_to_ldisc(struct work_struct *work)
*/
void tty_flush_to_ldisc(struct tty_struct *tty)
{
- flush_delayed_work(&tty->buf.work);
+ flush_work(&tty->buf.work);
}
/**
@@ -506,9 +506,9 @@ void tty_flip_buffer_push(struct tty_struct *tty)
spin_unlock_irqrestore(&tty->buf.lock, flags);
if (tty->low_latency)
- flush_to_ldisc(&tty->buf.work.work);
+ flush_to_ldisc(&tty->buf.work);
else
- schedule_delayed_work(&tty->buf.work, 1);
+ schedule_work(&tty->buf.work);
}
EXPORT_SYMBOL(tty_flip_buffer_push);
@@ -529,6 +529,6 @@ void tty_buffer_init(struct tty_struct *tty)
tty->buf.tail = NULL;
tty->buf.free = NULL;
tty->buf.memory_used = 0;
- INIT_DELAYED_WORK(&tty->buf.work, flush_to_ldisc);
+ INIT_WORK(&tty->buf.work, flush_to_ldisc);
}
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@@ -529,7 +529,7 @@ static void tty_ldisc_restore(struct tty_struct *tty, struct tty_ldisc *old)
static int tty_ldisc_halt(struct tty_struct *tty)
{
clear_bit(TTY_LDISC, &tty->flags);
- return cancel_delayed_work_sync(&tty->buf.work);
+ return cancel_work_sync(&tty->buf.work);
}
/**
@@ -542,7 +542,7 @@ static void tty_ldisc_flush_works(struct tty_struct *tty)
{
flush_work_sync(&tty->hangup_work);
flush_work_sync(&tty->SAK_work);
- flush_delayed_work_sync(&tty->buf.work);
+ flush_work_sync(&tty->buf.work);
}
/**
@@ -722,9 +722,9 @@ int tty_set_ldisc(struct tty_struct *tty, int ldisc)
/* Restart the work queue in case no characters kick it off. Safe if
already running */
if (work)
- schedule_delayed_work(&tty->buf.work, 1);
+ schedule_work(&tty->buf.work);
if (o_work)
- schedule_delayed_work(&o_tty->buf.work, 1);
+ schedule_work(&o_tty->buf.work);
mutex_unlock(&tty->ldisc_mutex);
tty_unlock();
return retval;
@@ -830,12 +830,12 @@ void tty_ldisc_hangup(struct tty_struct *tty)
/*
* this is like tty_ldisc_halt, but we need to give up
- * the BTM before calling cancel_delayed_work_sync,
- * which may need to wait for another function taking the BTM
+ * the BTM before calling cancel_work_sync, which may
+ * need to wait for another function taking the BTM
*/
clear_bit(TTY_LDISC, &tty->flags);
tty_unlock();
- cancel_delayed_work_sync(&tty->buf.work);
+ cancel_work_sync(&tty->buf.work);
mutex_unlock(&tty->ldisc_mutex);
tty_lock();
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@@ -159,7 +159,7 @@ static inline void con_schedule_flip(struct tty_struct *t)
if (t->buf.tail != NULL)
t->buf.tail->commit = t->buf.tail->used;
spin_unlock_irqrestore(&t->buf.lock, flags);
- schedule_delayed_work(&t->buf.work, 0);
+ schedule_work(&t->buf.work);
}
#endif
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@@ -82,7 +82,7 @@ struct tty_buffer {
struct tty_bufhead {
- struct delayed_work work;
+ struct work_struct work;
spinlock_t lock;
struct tty_buffer *head; /* Queue head */
struct tty_buffer *tail; /* Active buffer */

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