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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC] Priority boosting for preemptible RCU
On Thu, Aug 23, 2007 at 01:54:56AM -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 23, 2007 at 09:56:39AM +0530, Gautham R Shenoy wrote:
> >
> > I feel we should still be able to use for_each_online_cpu(cpu) instead
> > of for_each_possible_cpu. Again, there's a good chance that I might
> > be mistaken!
> >
> > How about the following ?
> >
> > preempt_disable(); /* We Dont want cpus going down here */
> > for_each_online_cpu(cpu)
> > for (i = 0; i < RCU_BOOST_ELEMENTS; i++) {
> > rbdp = per_cpu(rcu_boost_dat, cpu);
> > sum.rbs_blocked += rbdp[i].rbs_blocked;
> > sum.rbs_boost_attempt += rbdp[i].rbs_boost_attempt;
> > sum.rbs_boost += rbdp[i].rbs_boost;
> > sum.rbs_unlock += rbdp[i].rbs_unlock;
> > sum.rbs_unboosted += rbdp[i].rbs_unboosted;
> > }
> > preempt_enable();
> >
> >
> > static int rcu_boost_cpu_callback(struct notifier_bloack *nb,
> > unsigned long action, void *hcpu)
> > {
> > int this_cpu, cpu;
> > rcu_boost_data *rbdp, *this_rbdp;
> >
> > switch (action) {
> > case CPU_DEAD:
> > this_cpu = get_cpu();
> > cpu = (long)hcpu;
> > this_cpu = smp_processor_id();
> > rbdp = per_cpu(rcu_boost_dat, cpu);
> > this_rbdp = per_cpu(rcu_boost_dat, cpu);
> > /*
> > * Transfer all of rbdp's statistics to
> > * this_rbdp here.
> > */
> > put_cpu();
> >
> > return NOTIFY_OK;
> > }
> > }
> >
> >
> > Won't this work in this case?
>
> Hello, Gautham,
>
> We could do something similar. If there was a global rcu_boost_data
> variable that held the sums of the fields of the rcu_boost_data
> structures for all offline CPUs, and if we used a new lock to protect
> that global rcu_boost data variable (both when reading and when
> CPU hotplugging), then we could indeed scan only the online CPUs'
> rcu_boost_data elements.
>
> We would also have to maintain a cpumask_t for this purpose, and
> we would need to add a CPU's contribution when it went offline and
> subtract it when that CPU came back online.

The additional cpumask_t beats me though! Doesn't the cpu_online_map
suffice here?
The addition and subtraction of a hotplugged cpu's
contribution from the global rcu_boost_data could be done while
handling the CPU_ONLINE and CPU_DEAD (or CPU_UP_PREPARE
and CPU_DOWN_PREPARE, whichever suits better), in the cpu hotplug
callback.

Am I missing something ?


>
> The lock should not be a problem even on very large systems because
> of the low frequency of statistics printing -- and of hotplug operations,
> for that matter.
>

The lock is not a problem, so long as somebody else doesn't call
the function taking the lock from their cpu-hotplug callback path :-)
Though I don't see it happening here.


> Thanx, Paul

Thanks and Regards
gautham.
--
Gautham R Shenoy
Linux Technology Center
IBM India.
"Freedom comes with a price tag of responsibility, which is still a bargain,
because Freedom is priceless!"
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