mmdevapi: Avoid lock contention after SetEvent.

Andrew Eikum aeikum at
Thu Dec 20 07:35:20 CST 2012

On Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 02:03:06PM +0100, Joerg-Cyril.Hoehle at wrote:
> what's up with this patch?
> I wrote:
> >SetEvent is one of those calls with a high probability that the
> >Linux scheduler will switch to another thread, e.g. the one receiving
> >the event.  As the critical section is still hold, it'll prevent the
> >receiver from invoking mmdevapi, e.g. GetCurrentPadding, without two
> >more thread switches (forth and back).  We don't need that.
> Now that This->event is constant between IAC_Start and IAC_Release,
> thanks to my "SetEventHandle is allowed once only" patch,
> it's safe to move SetEvent(This->event) outside of the CS.
> Unlike the rejected patch about a CreateTimerQueue race condition
> internal to Wine (and only relevant in lock-less mode),
> this one is between the driver and the client app that blocks when calling e.g.
> GetCurrentPadding, what almost all apps will do, including our DSound

I don't have any problems with this patch, but I don't know our
synchronization methods well enough to know if this is correct. Is it
true that SetEvent() causes a context switch? I see it eventually
resolves down to a write() in <server/thread.c:send_thread_wakeup()>,
but I don't know what that implies.

Julliard, any thoughts?


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