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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] Markers Implementation for Preempt RCU Boost Tracing
On Sat, Jan 05, 2008 at 07:46:32AM -0500, Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:
> * Gautham R Shenoy (ego@in.ibm.com) wrote:
> > On Thu, Jan 03, 2008 at 11:30:55AM -0500, Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:
> > > * K. Prasad (prasad@linux.vnet.ibm.com) wrote:
> > > > This patch converts the tracing mechanism of Preempt RCU boosting into
> > > > markers. The handler functions for these markers are included inside
> > > > rcupreempt_trace.c and will be included only when PREEMPT_RCU_BOOST is
> > > > chosen.
> > > >
> > > > Signed-off-by: K.Prasad <prasad@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
> > > > ---
> > > > include/linux/rcupreempt_trace.h | 46 ++++++++
> > > > kernel/rcupreempt-boost.c | 211 ++++-----------------------------------
> > > > kernel/rcupreempt_trace.c | 183 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> > > > 3 files changed, 251 insertions(+), 189 deletions(-)
> > > >
> > > > Index: linux-2.6.24-rc2-rt1.MARKER_PATCHES_NEW/include/linux/rcupreempt_trace.h
> > > > ===================================================================
> > > > --- linux-2.6.24-rc2-rt1.MARKER_PATCHES_NEW.orig/include/linux/rcupreempt_trace.h
> > > > +++ linux-2.6.24-rc2-rt1.MARKER_PATCHES_NEW/include/linux/rcupreempt_trace.h
> > > > @@ -102,5 +102,51 @@ extern int rcupreempt_flip_flag(int cpu)
> > > > extern int rcupreempt_mb_flag(int cpu);
> > > > extern char *rcupreempt_try_flip_state_name(void);
> > > >
> > > > +#ifdef CONFIG_PREEMPT_RCU_BOOST
> > > > +struct preempt_rcu_boost_trace {
> > > > + unsigned long rbs_stat_task_boost_called;
> > > > + unsigned long rbs_stat_task_boosted;
> > > > + unsigned long rbs_stat_boost_called;
> > > > + unsigned long rbs_stat_try_boost;
> > > > + unsigned long rbs_stat_boosted;
> > > > + unsigned long rbs_stat_unboost_called;
> > > > + unsigned long rbs_stat_unboosted;
> > > > + unsigned long rbs_stat_try_boost_readers;
> > > > + unsigned long rbs_stat_boost_readers;
> > > > + unsigned long rbs_stat_try_unboost_readers;
> > > > + unsigned long rbs_stat_unboost_readers;
> > > > + unsigned long rbs_stat_over_taken;
> > > > +};
> > > > +
> > > > +#define DEFINE_PREEMPT_RCU_BOOST_MARKER_HANDLER(preempt_rcu_boost_var) \
> > > > +void preempt_rcu_boost_var##_callback(const struct marker *mdata, \
> > > > + void *private_data, const char *format, ...) \
> > > > +{ \
> > > > + va_list ap; \
> > > > + int cpu; \
> > > > + struct preempt_rcu_boost_trace *boost_trace; \
> > > > + va_start(ap, format); \
> > > > + cpu = va_arg(ap, typeof(unsigned int)); \
> > >
> > > (sorry for late response, I just came back from vacation)
> > >
> > > Instead of passing the cpu id as a marker parameter, why don't you
> > > simply use smp_processor_id() right here ?
> > >
> >
> > Agreed.
> >
> > Also in patch 1, in cases where we're using markers in place of RCU_TRACE_ME(),
> > we need not pass the parameter and simply use smp_processor_id().
> >
> > It's only the RCU_TRACE_RDP() that requires cpuid to be passed.
> >
>
>
> And it would help if you declare the format string with something like :
>
> "cpuid %u" instead of "%u"
>
> This way, if a generic tracer like LTTng dumps the traces and later a
> plugin in an analysis tool like LTTV have to hook on a specific field of
> your event, it can access it by specifying the marker name and field
> name. And even if fields are added to this event, it won't break
> compatibility as long as this field is there and have the same name.
>
> Mathieu

Hi Mathieu,
Thanks for your suggestions.

Even in functions such as rcu_check_callbacks_rt, rcu_advance_callbacks_rt and
__rcu_advance_callbacks, where a call to RCU_TRACE_RDP() is made, the
'cpu' variable is populated at an early stage with the
return value of smp_processor_id().

__rcu_advance_callbacks() <-- rcu_check_callbacks_rt() <--
rcu_check_callbacks() <-- update_process_times().

update_process_times() [if understood correctly, is called at timer
interrupt level] populates the 'cpu' with smp_processor_id().

There doesn't seem to be a need to pass down the 'cpu' parameter for
the above RCU functions including respective trace_mark() calls.

I am re-sending the patches with your suggested changes in subsequent
mails.

Thanks,
K.Prasad

>
> >
> > Thanks and Regards
> > gautham.
> >
> >
> > > --
> > > Mathieu Desnoyers
> > > Computer Engineering Ph.D. Student, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal
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> >
> > --
> > Gautham R Shenoy
> > Linux Technology Center
> > IBM India.
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> > because Freedom is priceless!"
>
> --
> Mathieu Desnoyers
> Computer Engineering Ph.D. Student, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal
> OpenPGP key fingerprint: 8CD5 52C3 8E3C 4140 715F BA06 3F25 A8FE 3BAE 9A68


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