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SubjectRe: [PATCH] VFS: br_write_lock locks on possible CPUs other than online CPUs
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On Mon, 2011-12-19 at 16:00 +1100, Dave Chinner wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 04:11:42AM +0000, Al Viro wrote:
> > On Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 11:36:15AM +0800, mengcong wrote:
> > > In a heavily loaded system, when frequently turning on and off CPUs, the
> > > kernel will detect soft-lockups on multiple CPUs. The detailed bug report
> > > is at https://lkml.org/lkml/2011/8/24/185.
> > >
> > > The root cause is that brlock functions, i.e. br_write_lock() and
> > > br_write_unlock(), only locks/unlocks the per-CPU spinlock of CPUs that
> > > are online, which means, if one online CPU is locked and then goes
> > > offline, any later unlocking operation happens during its offline state
> > > will not touch it; and when it goes online again, it has the incorrect
> > > brlock state. This has been verified in current kernel.
> > >
> > > I can reproduce this bug on the intact 3.1 kernel. After my patch applied,
> > > I've ran an 8-hours long test(test script provided by the bug reporter),
> > > and no soft lockup happened again.
> >
> > Argh... OK, that's seriously nasty. I agree that this is broken, but
> > your patch makes br_write_lock() very costly on kernels build with
> > huge number of possible CPUs, even when it's run on a box with few
> > CPUs ;-/
>
> I fixed this problem with the XFS per-cpu superblock counters
> (bit lock + counters in per-cpu structs) back in 2006. It basically
> uses a lglock-like local/global locking structure and iterates them
> using for_each_online_cpu().
>
> I fixed it simply by registering a hotplug notifier and
> draining/reinitialising counters on the appropriate event under a
> global lock context. i.e. make CPU hotplug serialise against
> concurrent lock operations. See commit e8234a68 ("[XFS] Add support
> for hotplug CPUs...")
>

how about to register a cpu hotplug notifier to align the brlock as what
Dave did?

> Cheers,
>
> Dave.




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