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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 2/3] hvc_init(): Enforce one-time initialization.
On (Mon) 12 Dec 2011 [11:11:55], Miche Baker-Harvey wrote:
> So on a CONSOLE_PORT_ADD message, we would take the
> (existing)ports_device::ports_lock, and for other control messages we
> would justtake the (new) port::port_lock?  You are concerned that just
> takingthe ports_lock for all control messages could be too
> restrictive?  Iwouldn't have expected these messages to be frequent
> occurrences, butI'll defer to your experience here.

No, I mean we'll have to take the new port_lock() everywhere we
currently take the port lock, plus in a few more places. I only
suggest using port_lock() helper since we'll need a dependency on the
portdev lock as well.

> The CONSOLE_CONSOLE_PORT message calls hvc_alloc, which also
> needsserialization.  That's in another one of these three patches; are
> youthinking we could leave that patch be, or that we would we use
> theport_lock for CONSOLE_CONSOLE_PORT?  Using the port_lock
> wouldprovide the HVC serialization "for free" but it would be cleaner
> if weput HVC related synchronization in hvc_console.c.

Yes, definitely, since other users of hvc_console may get bitten in
similar ways. However, I'm not too familiar with the hvc code, the
people at linux-ppc can be of help.

> On Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 4:08 AM, Amit Shah <> wrote:
> > On (Tue) 06 Dec 2011 [09:05:38], Miche Baker-Harvey wrote:
> >> Amit,
> >>
> >> Ah, indeed.  I am not using MSI-X, so virtio_pci::vp_try_to_find_vqs()
> >> calls vp_request_intx() and sets up an interrupt callback.  From
> >> there, when an interrupt occurs, the stack looks something like this:
> >>
> >> virtio_pci::vp_interrupt()
> >>   virtio_pci::vp_vring_interrupt()
> >>     virtio_ring::vring_interrupt()
> >>       vq->vq.callback()  <-- in this case, that's virtio_console::control_intr()
> >>         workqueue::schedule_work()
> >>           workqueue::queue_work()
> >>             queue_work_on(get_cpu())  <-- queues the work on the current CPU.
> >>
> >> I'm not doing anything to keep multiple control message from being
> >> sent concurrently to the guest, and we will take those interrupts on
> >> any CPU. I've confirmed that the two instances of
> >> handle_control_message() are occurring on different CPUs.
> >
> > So let's have a new helper, port_lock() that takes the port-specific
> > spinlock.  There has to be a new helper, since the port lock should
> > depend on the portdev lock being taken too.  For the port addition
> > case, just the portdev lock should be taken.  For any other
> > operations, the port lock should be taken.
> >
> > My assumption was that we would be able to serialise the work items,
> > but that will be too restrictive.  Taking port locks sounds like a
> > better idea.
> >
> > We'd definitely need the port lock in the control work handler.  We
> > might need it in a few more places (like module removal), but we'll
> > worry about that later.
> >
> > Does this sound fine?
> >
> >                Amit

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