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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC tip/core/rcu] accelerate grace period if last non-dynticked CPU
On Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 02:04:34AM -0800, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> I could indeed do that. However, there is nothing stopping the
> more-active CPU from going into dynticks-idle mode between the time
> that I decide to push the callback to it and the time I actually do
> the pushing. :-(
>
> I considered pushing the callbacks to the orphanage, but that is a
> global lock that I would rather not acquire on each dyntick-idle
> transition.

Well we already have to do atomic operations on the nohz mask, so
maybe it would be acceptable to actually have a spinlock there to
serialise operations on the nohz mask and also allow some subsystem
specific things (synchronisation here should allow either one of
those above approaches).

It's not going to be zero cost, but seeing as there is already the
contended cacheline there, it's not going to introduce a
fundamentally new bottleneck.



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