[lldb-dev] Lack of parallelism

Zachary Turner via lldb-dev lldb-dev at lists.llvm.org
Tue May 2 08:33:58 PDT 2017

If you have access to a Windows machine and you can reproduce the slowdown
there, there are surprisingly good tools available for diagnosing
parallelism and thread contention.


On Tue, May 2, 2017 at 8:09 AM Scott Smith via lldb-dev <
lldb-dev at lists.llvm.org> wrote:

> I've been trying to improve the parallelism of lldb but have run into an
> odd roadblock.  I have the code at the point where it creates 40 worker
> threads, and it stays that way because it has enough work to do.  However,
> running 'top -d 1' shows that for the time in question, cpu load never gets
> above 4-8 cpus (even though I have 40).
> 1. I tried mutrace, which measures mutex contention (I had to call
> unsetenv("LD_PRELOAD") in main() so it wouldn't propagate to the process
> being tested).  It indicated some minor contention, but not enough to be
> the problem.  Regardless, I converted everything I could to lockfree
> structures (TaskPool and ConstString) and it didn't help.
> 2. I tried strace, but I don't think strace can figure out how to trace
> lldb.  It says it waits on a single futex for 8 seconds, and then is done.
> I'm about to try lttng to trace all syscalls, but I was wondering if
> anyone else had any ideas?  At one point I wondered if it was mmap kernel
> semaphore contention, but that shouldn't affect faulting individual pages,
> and I assume lldb doesn't call mmap all the time.
> I'm getting a bit frustrated because lldb should be taking 1-2 seconds to
> start up (it has ~45s of user+system work to do), but instead is taking
> 8-10, and I've been stuck there for a while.
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