RFR(XS) for PeriodicTask_lock cleanup (8072439)

Markus Gronlund markus.gronlund at oracle.com
Tue Feb 24 23:42:43 UTC 2015

Thanks again Dan,


Added some comments, pls see below.





From: Daniel D. Daugherty 
Sent: den 24 februari 2015 22:26
To: Markus Gronlund
Cc: Alexander Garthwaite; Rickard Bäckman; David Holmes; Coleen Phillimore; hotspot-runtime-dev at openjdk.java.net; serviceability-dev at openjdk.java.net; Carsten Varming
Subject: Re: RFR(XS) for PeriodicTask_lock cleanup (8072439)



Thanks for the review. Replies embedded below.

On 2/24/15 8:13 AM, Markus Gronlund wrote:

Hi Dan,


I have taken a look with your suggested patch – I think your suggestion looks very good.


I guess the original hang happened because the PeriodicTask_lock was attempted to be acquired by a JavaThread, but the PeriodicTask_lock was still held by someone else. Since the PeriodicTask_lock was taken with “Mutex::_no_safepoint_checks” it meant the JavaThread bypassed the callback for a potentially pending safepoint and instead called parked upon the PeriodicTask_lock straight away...

Not sure which "original hang" you are referencing. There's
lots of gory details about the hang I fixed in JDK-8047720.
[MG] I meant the JDK-8047720 hang – wouldn’t you say all hangs are a bit “original” ? :)

I think this lock should definitely be taken the way you have done in the patch.

Glad we're on the same page.

I also think the placement of OrderAccess::fence() might have been due to some of the constructs being racy, take this for instance:


void WatcherThread::start() {

  assert(PeriodicTask_lock->owned_by_self(), "PeriodicTask_lock required");


  if (watcher_thread() == NULL && _startable) { _startable is visible since its the same thread

    _should_terminate = false; <<----------------------------- this is set but will not be visible to the WatcherThread being launched (it’s  a 0 in the static initializer however, so it is still “safe”)

    // Create the single instance of WatcherThread

    new WatcherThread();


// above the constructor for WatcherThread will start the thread, and the WatcherThread::run() might check _should_terminate before the launching thread releases the PeriodicTask_lock. Not that it will be an issue here, since _should_terminate is set to 0 in its static initializer.

The _should_terminate field is volatile and this is a
"single writer" situation relative to the WatcherThread
being a "single reader". Even if _should_terminate was
initialized to 99 in the static initializer, this line:

      1322     _should_terminate = false;

should be visible to the newly created WatcherThread on
these lines:

      1324     new WatcherThread();
(old) 1255   while (!_should_terminate) {


[MG] I’m sorry, i overlooked the volatility of the variable – thanks – and I liked your updated comment regarding it (below).


But thanks Dan for moving this _should_terminate lower in the loop, at least the WatcherThread will need now need a call to sleep() before reaching it (and sleep needs the PeriodicTask_lock)

This was one of Carsten's suggested changes which I
picked up for this work.

Good work Carsten!

But for the construct in WatcherThread::stop(), there is no need (any more?) for the OrderAccess::fence(), I think it can be safely removed.

Do you (or Rickard) know why it was there in the first
place? Even in the original code for JDK-7127792 we should
not have needed the fence()...

[MG] I honestly don’t remember – as you point out it does not make any real sense in this context, so I can mostly assume a non-intentional change/something left in from previous experiments / lax reviewing on my part – maybe Rickard remembers if there was a real need for this..

Can you also remove the comment in thread.hpp : 704 that says:


  volatile static bool _should_terminate; // updated without holding lock


As this is not the case any longer.

How about this instead:

  // volatile due to at least one lock-free read
  volatile static bool _should_terminate;


[MG] yep. Good.

Otherwise it looks good!


Thanks for fixing this

I messed it up with my fix for JDK-8047720 so should
clean that up... :-)












From: Daniel D. Daugherty 
Sent: den 17 februari 2015 23:42
To: Carsten Varming
Cc: Alexander Garthwaite; Rickard Bäckman; David Holmes; Markus Grönlund; Coleen Phillimore; HYPERLINK "mailto:hotspot-runtime-dev at openjdk.java.net"hotspot-runtime-dev at openjdk.java.net; HYPERLINK "mailto:serviceability-dev at openjdk.java.net"serviceability-dev at openjdk.java.net
Subject: Re: RFR(XS) for PeriodicTask_lock cleanup (8072439)


On 2/17/15 3:22 PM, Carsten Varming wrote:

Dear Daniel, 


Looks good to me.

Thanks for the fast review.

The line: "OrderAccess::fence();  // ensure WatcherThread sees update in main loop" seems unnecessary as the lock acts as a memory barrier.

Yes, I keep looking at that line from the original work on
JDK-7127792 and wonder why it's there... I'll chase that down
with the original folks...





On Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 4:44 PM, Daniel D. Daugherty <HYPERLINK "mailto:daniel.daugherty at oracle.com" \ndaniel.daugherty at oracle.com> wrote:


My fix for the following bug:

    JDK-8047720 Xprof hangs on Solaris

that was pushed to JDK9 last June needs to be cleaned up.

Thanks to Alex Garthwaite (HYPERLINK "mailto:agarthwaite at twitter.com" \nagarthwaite at twitter.com) and Carsten
Varming (HYPERLINK "mailto:varming at gmail.com" \nvarming at gmail.com) for reporting the mess that I made
in WatcherThread::stop() and for suggesting fixes.

This code review is for a general cleanup pass on PeriodicTask_lock
and some of the surrounding code. This is a targeted review in that
I would like to hear from three groups of people:

1) The author and reviewers for:

   JDK-7127792 Add the ability to change an existing PeriodicTask's
               execution interval

   Rickard, David H, and Markus G.

2) The reviewers for:

   JDK-8047720 Xprof hangs on Solaris

   Markus G and Coleen

3) Alex and Carsten

Here's the webrev URL:

HYPERLINK "http://cr.openjdk.java.net/%7Edcubed/8072439-webrev/0-for_jdk9_hs_rt/" \nhttp://cr.openjdk.java.net/~dcubed/8072439-webrev/0-for_jdk9_hs_rt/

I've attached the original RFR for JDK-8047720 that explains
the original deadlock that was being fixed. Similar testing
will be done with this fix.





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