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SubjectRe: [PATCH 19/19] workqueue: implement concurrency managed workqueue
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Tejun Heo <tj@kernel.org> wrote:

> gcwq always keeps at least single idle worker around. When a new
> worker is necessary and the worker is the last idle one, the worker
> assumes the role of "manager" and manages the worker pool -
> ie. creates another worker. Forward-progress is guaranteed by having
> dedicated rescue workers for workqueues which may be necessary while
> creating a new worker. When the manager is having problem creating a
> new worker, mayday timer activates and rescue workers are summoned to
> the cpu and execute works which may be necessary to create new
> workers.

I take it that means that the rescue-workers are donated to the pool to become
worker threads (perhaps on a temporary basis) in the event that forking fails
due to ENOMEM, such that resources can be freed up for fork() to use.

David


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