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Re: static TLS exhausted on ppc64le

On 30/09/2019 19:07, Carlos O'Donell wrote:
> On 9/30/19 1:50 PM, Rich Felker wrote:
>> I see. That's a shame, because if you have excess static TLS reserved,
>> using it for tlsdesc is actually really nice -- it makes the accesses
>> just as fast as initial-exec, but opportunistically, and falls back
>> gracefully if you run out. Waiting to hand it out to badly-behaved
>> libraries that are using initial-exec model only serves to reinforce
>> the bad behavior and discourages adoption of tlsdesc since the bad
>> behavior gets preferential treatment...
>> I think this analysis further supports my previous remarks that
>> initial-exec in dlopened libraries should be deprecated and EOL'd.
> We should dig deeper into the analysis here, and I just ran readelf for
> all the implicated libraries in the bug.
> The only *real* problem here is the implementation, only libc and libgomp
> use TLS IE in this case (and libgl in the wild).
> I think the best steps towards resolution are:
> * Stop ppc64le and aarch64 from using ALL of the static TLS for tlsdesc / tls opt hack.
>   - Reserve at least 128 bytes for libgomp + libgl.

i think this is easy and reasonable:

_dl_try_allocate_static_tls can reserve 128 bytes
which is only used by _dl_allocate_static_tls.

(so the optimization is still applied to dynamically
loaded dsos, but there is guaranteed tls for small
number if IE libs)

> * Fix lazy tls loading to stop being lazy about allocation and allocate all memory
>   required up front.
>   - This allows libc to use GD instead of IE and not worry about touching tls vars
>     early before init or the ordering of IE vs. GD.
>   - Requires a non-default dlopen flag to get back old behaviour.

this sounds hard.

(and observable to users with many threads and many dsos with tls:
preallocation will use more memory and cause slower thread starts
than lazy allocation)

> * Switch glibc back to GD internally.
> * Switch x86_64 to tlsdesc (can be done at any time) to get perf back.
> Disallowing IE in DSOs is only going to get us angry users in a transitional period.
> The above plan will benefit ppc64le and aarch64 since they continue to
> have maximum performance for their usage of tlsdesc.
> Thoughts?

i'm ok with the plan, but i thin only the first part
is realistic in short term.

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