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From Dan Kegel <>
Subject /dev/poll vs. aio_ (was: Re: Proposal: Get rid of most accept mutex)calls on hybrid server.)
Date Fri, 14 May 1999 14:44:08 GMT
Dean Gaudet wrote:
> (A person at Sun wrote:)
> > As of Solaris 7 a scheme refered to as /dev/poll was implemented such that
> > pollfd_t's are registered with the underlying FS (i.e. UFS, SOCKFS, ...)
> > and the FS does asynchronous notification. The end result is that poll()
> > now scales to tens of thousands of FDs per LWP (as well as a new API for
> > /dev/poll such that you open /dev/poll and do write()s (to register a number
> > of pollfd's) and read()s (to wait for, or in the case of nonblocking check
> > for, pollfd event(s)), using the /dev/poll API memory is your only limit
> > for scalability.
> Now that's real nice.  I've been advocating this on linux kernel for a
> long time.  Say hello to completion ports the unix way.  I'm assuming they
> do the "right thing" and wake up in LIFO order, and allow you to read
> multiple events at once.

I have yet to use aio_ or F_SETSIG, but reading ready fd's from
makes more sense to me than listening for realtime signals from aio_,
which according to
can overflow, in which case the kernel sends a SIGIO to say 'realtime 
signals overflowed, better do a full poll'.  I'm contemplating writing
a server that uses aio_; that case kind of defeats the purpose of
using aio_, and handling it sounds annoying and suboptimal.

/dev/poll would never overflow in that way.

- Dan

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