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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/4] scheduler: replace migration_thread with cpu_stop
On Wed, May 05, 2010 at 09:28:41AM +0200, Tejun Heo wrote:
> Hello,
> On 05/05/2010 03:33 AM, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> > o Therefore, when CPU 0 queues the work for CPU 1, CPU 1
> > loops right around and processes it. There will be no
> > context switch on CPU 1.
> Yes, that can happen.
> > At first glance, this looks safe because:
> >
> > 1. Although there is no context switch, there (presumably)
> > can be no RCU read-side critical sections on CPU 1 that
> > span this sequence of events. (As far as I can see,
> > any such RCU read-side critical section would be due
> > to abuse of rcu_read_lock() and friends.)
> AFAICS, this must hold; otherwise, synchronize_sched_expedited()
> wouldn't have worked in the first place. On entry to any cpu_stop
> function, there can be no RCU read-side critical section in progress.

Makes sense to me!

The actual requirement is that, on each CPU, there must have been a
context switch between the end of the last RCU read-side critical
section and the end of a successful return from try_stop_cpus().

For CONFIG_TREE_PREEMPT_RCU, the guarantee required is a bit different:
on each CPU, either that CPU must not have been in an RCU read-side
critical section, or, if it was, there must have been a context switch
between the time that CPU entered its RCU read-side critical section
and the memory barrier executed within a successful try_stop_cpus().

As near as I can tell, the current implementation does meet these
requirements (but I do like your suggested change below).

> > 2. CPU 1 will acquire and release stopper->lock, and
> > further more will do an atomic_dec_and_test() in
> > cpu_stop_signal_done(). The former is a weak
> > guarantee, but the latter guarantees a memory
> > barrier, so that any subsequent code on CPU 1 will
> > be guaranteed to see changes on CPU 0 prior to the
> > call to synchronize_sched_expedited().
> >
> > The guarantee required is that there will be a
> > full memory barrier on each affected CPU between
> > the time that try_stop_cpus() is called and the
> > time that it returns.
> Ah, right. I think it would be dangerous to depend on the implicit
> barriers there. It might work today but it can easily break with
> later implementation detail changes which seem completely unrelated.
> Adding smp_mb() in the cpu_stop function should suffice, right? It's
> not like the cost of smp_mb() there would mean anything anyway.

If I understand the code correctly, this would be very good!

Thanx, Paul

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