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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/7] work_on_cpu: helper for doing task on a CPU.
On Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 12:29:57PM +0200, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> On 10/24, Gautham R Shenoy wrote:
> >
> > On Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 02:04:35PM +1100, Rusty Russell wrote:
> > >
> > > I think we should BUG_ON(per_cpu(cpu_state, cpuid) != CPU_DEAD) to ensure we
> > > never use work_on_cpu in the hotplug cpu path. Then we use
> > > smp_call_function() for that hard intel_cacheinfo case. Finally, we fix the
> > > cpu hotplug path to use schedule_work_on() itself rather than playing games
> > > with cpumask.
> > >
> > > If you agree, I'll spin the patches...
> >
> > How about the following?
> >
> > We go with this method, but instead of piggybacking on
> > the generic kevents workqueue, we create our own on_each_cpu_wq, for this
> > purpose.
>
> Gautham, Rusty, I am a bit lost on this discussion...
>
> Why should we care about this deadlock? Just do not use work_on_cpu() from
> the hotplug cpu path, that is all.
>
> Once again, the "cpu_hotplug_begin()" lock is not special. You can't use
> work_on_cpu() under (say) rtnl_lock() for the same reason, this lock is
> used by work->func() too.
>
> Perhaps I missed something, and work_on_cpu() is really important for
> cpu-hotplug path?

Rusty, Oleg,

Having a rule that we shouldn't use work_on_cpu() in cpu-hotplug path
is a good thing. But maintaining it can be difficult.

We've seen that in the past with the cpucontrol mutex.
We had clear rules that functions which get called in
cpu-hotplug callback paths, shouldn't take this mutex. But with
functions that were called in the cpu-hotplug notifier
path as well as normal paths, it created a whole locking mess,
and took quite some time to fix.

Similarly, right now, we can have a BUG_ON() which notifies us whenever
someone ends up calling a function that invokes work_on_cpu() from the
CPU-Hotplug callpath. But we will fix it only when the BUG_ON() is hit.

On the other hand, if we have a mechanism that's guaranteed to work
irrespective of the callpaths, why not use that ?

I am not opposed to the proposed design.
Just voicing out an alternative thought. I could be completely wrong :-)

>
> Oleg.
>
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Thanks and Regards
gautham


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