Author vstinner
Recipients Mark.Shannon, eric.snow, jeremy.kloth, jkloth, larry, maciej.szulik, nanjekyejoannah, ncoghlan, phsilva, rhettinger, shihai1991, vstinner
Date 2020-03-17.16:54:19
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> The problem with having a single immortal `None`, is that it will cause data cache thrashing as two different CPUs modify the refcount on the shared `None` object.

Yeah, I concur with Mark: having one singleton per interpreter should provide better usage of the CPU caches, especially CPU data cache level 1.

> Consider the case where a thread that doesn't hold the GIL attempts to get a reference on `None`.

The main drawback of PR 18301 is that accessing "Py_None" means accessing tstate->interp->none. Except that the commonly used _PyThreadState_GET() returns NULL if the thread doesn't hold the GIL.

One alternative would be to use PyGILState_GetThisThreadState() but this API doesn't support subinterpreters.

Maybe we are moving towards a major backward incompatible changes required to make the subinterpreters implementation more efficient.

Maybe CPython should have a backward compatible behavior by default (Py_None can be read without holding the GIL), but running subinterpreters in parallel would change Py_None behavior (cannot be read without holding the GIL).

I don't know.
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