Request for reviews (S): 7196242: vm/mlvm/indy/stress/java/loopsAndThreads crashed

Vitaly Davidovich vitalyd at
Mon Sep 10 15:53:43 PDT 2012

Hi Chris,

Perhaps the comment above where you now take out a lock should be updated
since it's still talking about the CAS race?

Also, curious why the CAS with immediate yield() was used before - seems
like that doesn't actually buy much since a losing thread may then
immediately lose CPU time and have to wait for scheduling to put it back on
(I.e. a lock seems more efficient anyway here :)).


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On Sep 10, 2012 5:30 PM, "Christian Thalinger" <
christian.thalinger at> wrote:

> 29 lines changed: 13 ins; 10 del; 6 mod; 2239 unchg
> 7196242: vm/mlvm/indy/stress/java/loopsAndThreads crashed
> Reviewed-by:
> The current code in ConstantPoolCacheEntry::set_method_handle_common uses
> a CAS to find out who's the winning thread in the race about linking an
> invokehandle/invokedynamic call site.  The winning thread does the linking
> while the other threads are waiting in a loop until the winning thread
> finishes.  The waiting threads enter the Patching_lock and call os::yield
> to give the winning thread more CPU time.
> Unfortunately the implementation of os::yield on Solaris uses the
> Threads_lock and we hit this assert:
> #  fatal error: acquiring lock Threads_lock/15 out of order with lock
> Patching_lock/1 -- possible deadlock
> Even worse, the CAS might fail spuriously and we don't have a winning
> thread because we don't loop around the CAS.  This may lead to hangs.
> src/share/vm/interpreter/interpreterRuntime.cpp
> src/share/vm/oops/cpCache.cpp
> src/share/vm/oops/cpCache.hpp

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