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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH v2 1/4] cpuidle: (powerpc) Add cpu_idle_wait() to allow switching of idle routines
On 11/29/2011 02:05 AM, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:

> On Mon, 2011-11-28 at 16:32 +0530, Deepthi Dharwar wrote:
>>> Additionally, I'm a bit worried (but maybe we already discussed that a
>>> while back, I don't know) but cpu_idle_wait() has "wait" in the name,
>>> which makes me think it might need to actually -wait- for all cpus to
>>> have come out of the function.
>> cpu_idle_wait is used to ensure that all the CPUs discard old idle
>> handler and update to new one. Required while changing idle
>> handler on SMP systems.
>>> Now your implementation doesn't provide that guarantee. It might be
>>> fine, I don't know, but if it is, you'd better document it well in the
>>> comments surrounding the code, because as it is, all you do is shoot an
>>> interrupt which will cause the target CPU to eventually come out of idle
>>> some time in the future.
>> I was hoping that sending an explicit reschedule to the cpus would
>> do the trick but sure we can add some documentation around the code.
> Well, the question is what guarantee do you expect. Sending a reschedule
> IPI will take the other CPUs out of the actual sleep mode, but it will
> be some time from there back to getting out of the handler function
> (first back out of hypervisor etc...).
> The code as you implemented it doesn't wait for that to happen. It might
> be fine ... or not. I don't know what semantics you are after precisely.
> Cheers,
> Ben.

Yes, this could be problematic as there is small window for the
race condition to occur . Otherwise we need to manually schedule
it by running a kernel thread but this would definitely have a
overhead and would be an overkill.


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