Feature request: ability to use libeio with multiple event loops

Hongli Lai hongli at phusion.nl
Sat Dec 31 13:34:26 CET 2011

Thanks for the reply Marc. :)

I think I get the gist of what you're saying. You're advocating a few
processes (up to the number of CPU cores) with user-space threads to
avoid kernel context switch overhead. I already agree with that.

The benchmark tool in the Samba presentation also surprised me. It
showed that processes are indeed a bit faster at various system calls,
but only slightly so. Still doesn't make much sense to me though
because the kernel already has to protect its data structures against
concurrent accesses by multiple processes, no matter whether those
processes are multithreaded as well.

One exception is multithreaded Linux+ptmalloc2 malloc() which is
significantly slower compared to single threaded. I'm surprised they
haven't solved this problem yet, considering that tcmalloc makes
multithreaded malloc() cheap by introducing per-thread caches.

Wish you a happy new year!

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