[erlang-questions] Does port driver block scheduler threads?

Serge Aleynikov <>
Tue Jul 3 13:37:04 CEST 2012


Driver callbacks are executed by a scheduler thread in synchronous
manner, so what you are describing is a normal behavior of a linked-in
driver.  Use driver_async to off-load a long computation to another
thread from a pool different from the scheduling threads.

On 7/3/2012 7:20 AM, Zhemzhitsky Sergey wrote:
> Hi erlangers,
> 
>  
> 
> Recently we have developed port (linked-in) driver and faced with some
> performance issues.
> 
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> 
> The port uses ERL_DRV_FLAG_USE_PORT_LOCKING locking mode, so as we
> understand calls to different port instances should have not blocked
> each other.
> 
> SMP count is greater than 1.
> 
>  
> 
> So the first question is:
> 
> Is it possible to have multiple port instances executing time-consuming
> operation in parallel, i.e. at the same time?
> 
>  
> 
> We expected port instances do not influence on each other. However, all
> the calls are blocked but the first one. So the scheduler thread seems
> to be blocked during the port instance invocation.
> 
> Is driver_async function required for the issues like above?
> 
> Is it possible to unblock the scheduler thread before erlang:port_call
> completes?
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> 
> Best Regards,
> 
> Sergey
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