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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/5] rcu: don't check ->donelist in __rcu_pending()
On Mon, Jan 09, 2006 at 11:31:20PM +0300, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> "Paul E. McKenney" wrote:
> >
> > On Sun, Jan 08, 2006 at 10:19:24PM +0300, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> > > ->donelist becomes != NULL only in rcu_process_callbacks().
> > >
> > > rcu_process_callbacks() always calls rcu_do_batch() when
> > > ->donelist != NULL.
> > >
> > > rcu_do_batch() schedules rcu_process_callbacks() again if
> > > ->donelist was not flushed entirely.
> > >
> > > So ->donelist != NULL means that rcu_tasklet is either
> > > TASKLET_STATE_SCHED or TASKLET_STATE_RUN, we don't need to
> > > check it in __rcu_pending().
> >
> > As Vatsa noted, this is needed if the CPU-hotplug case moves
> > from ->donelist to ->donelist. It could be omitted if CPU-hotplug
> > instead moves from ->donelist to ->nextlist, as is the case in Oleg's
> > patch. The extra grace-period delay should not be a problem for the
> > presumably rare hotplug case, but:
>
> Just to be sure. So do you agree that CPU-hotplug is buggy now (without
> that patch) ?

Hmmm... So your thought is that __rcu_offline_cpu() moves nxtlist and
curlist, but not donelist, but then returns to rcu_offline_cpu(), which
might well do the tasklet_kill_immediate() before the tasklet completed
processing all of donelist.

Seems plausible to me. If true, your patch adding the following statement
to the ed of __rcu_offline_cpu seems like a reasonable fix:

rcu_move_batch(this_rdp, rdp->donelist, rdp->donetail);

Vatsa, is there something that Oleg and I are missing?

> > o the extra test in __rcu_pending() should be quite inexpensive,
> > since the cacheline is already loaded given the earlier tests.
>
> Yes, it was a cleanup, not an optimization.
>
> > o although tasklet_schedule() looks to be perfectly reliable
> > right now, and although any bugs in tasklet_schedule() must
> > be fixed, having RCU leakage be the major symptom of
> > tasklet_schedule() failure sounds quite unfriendly to me.
> >
> > So I am not (yet) convinced that this patch is the way to go.
>
> Ok, I agree.

Sounds good!

Thanx, Paul
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