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SubjectRe: current linux-2.6.git: cpusets completely broken
On Sat, 12 Jul 2008, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> [ ... ]
> Btw - the way to avoid this whole problem might be to make CPU migration
> use a *different* CPU map than "online".
> This patch almost certainly doesn't work, but let me explain:
> - "cpu_online_map" is the CPU's that can be currently be running
> It is enabled/disabled by low-level architecture code when the CPU
> actually gets disabled.
> - Add a new "cpu_active_map", which is the CPU's that are currently fully
> set up, and can not just be running tasks, but can be _migrated_ to!
> - We can always just clear the "cpu_active_map" entry when we start a CPU
> down event - that guarantees that while tasks may be running on it,
> there won't be any _new_ tasks migrated to it.

(please correct me if I misinterpreted your point)

cpu_clear(cpu, cpu_active_map); _alone_ does not guarantee that after
its completion, no new tasks can appear on (be migrated to) 'cpu'.

cpu_clear() may race against migration operations which are already in
progress on other CPUs : executing right after a check for
!cpu_active(cpu) and before doing actual migration [*]

Am I missing something?

[ If no, then what I dare to say below is that: (a) with only
cpu_clear(cpu, cpu_active_map) in cpu_down(), "cpu_active_map" is
perhaps not much better than (alternatively) using existing
"cpu_online_map" to check if a task can be migrated to 'cpu' _and_ (b)
there are also a few (rough) speculations on how to fix [*] ]

New tasks may appear on (soon-to-be-dead) 'cpu' at any point until
_cpu_down() calls

__stop_machine_run() -> [ next is called by 'kstopmachine' ] do_stop()
-> stop_machine()

stop_machine() starts a RT high-prio thread on each online cpu and
waits until these threads get scheduled in (take control of cpus).
That guarantees a re-schedule on each CPU has taken place.
In turn, it means none of the CPUs are in the middle of task-migration
operation [**] and further task-migration operations can not race
against cpu_down() -> cpu_clear() (in a sense, stop_machine() is a
synchronization point).

[**] migration operations are done with rq->lock being held.

OTOH, cpu_clear(cpu, cpu_online_map) takes place right after
stop_machine() : do_stop() -> take_cpu_down() (via smdata->fn()) ->

Let's imagine we update all places in the scheduler where
task-migration may take place with a check for either
(a) !cpu_active(cpu) _or_ (b) cpu_offline(cpu) :

then for both cases new tasks may apear on 'cpu' for which cpu_down()
is in progress and for both cases - until __stop_machine_run() -> ...
-> stop_machine() gets called.


In any case, the scheduler does not depend on sched-domains to do
migration and migration to offline cpus is not possible (although,
it's possible to soon-to-be-offline cpus), but OTOH we depend on
internals of __stop_machine_run() [ it acts as a sync. point ].

To solve both, we might introduce a special synchronization point
right after cpu_clear(cpu, cpu_active_map) gets called in cpu_down().

[ simplest (probably stupid) approaches ]


per-cpu rw_lock, readers' part is taken by task-migration code,
writer's part is in cpu_down():

rw_write_lock(per_cpu(migration_lock, cpu)); cpu_clear(cpu,
cpu_active_map); rw_write_unlock(...);


add rq->migration counter (per-cpu)

if (cpu_active(dst_cpu))

while (rq->migration) { cpu_relax(); }


per-cpu "migration_counter" so per_cpu(migration_counter, dst_cpu)
gets +1 while a migration operation _to_ this cpu is in progress and

while (per_cpu(migration_counter, to_be_offline_cpu) != 0) { cpu_relax(); }

Best regards,
Dmitry Adamushko

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