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SubjectRe: Large slowdown with 'x86: Avoid invoking RCU when CPU is idle'
On Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 05:32:52PM -0800, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 08:16:53PM -0500, Josh Boyer wrote:
> > Hi Paul,
> >
> > Over in Fedora land, I applied your patch from this thread:
> >
> > https://lkml.org/lkml/2012/1/24/441
> >
> > to our 3.3-rc3/rc4 based rawhide kernels. The intention was to solve an
> > RCU issue that was very similar to what Eric originally reported, and
> > the RCU splat did indeed go away[1].
> >
> > However, we then got a few reports of kernels containing that patch
> > being extremely slow. When the patch was dropped, the slowness goes
> > away according to one reporter. The details can be found in this bug:
> >
> > https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=795050
> >
> > The slowness doesn't seem to hit everyone, and in my local testing
> > things seem to be working just fine. The reporters have widely varying
> > hardware as well, so it doesn't seem machine specific.
> >
> > Perhaps I misdiagnosed the original issue, or perhaps I missed something
> > else that needs to be applied prior to this but I thought I would point
> > this out in case you had any ideas.

First off, thanks for the quick reply!

> This patch has been obsoleted by patches #45-47 in this series:
>
> https://lkml.org/lkml/2012/2/3/459

Holy lots of patches...

> And patch #47 in that series has been obsoleted by another series
> from Steven Rostedt:
>
> https://lkml.org/lkml/2012/2/7/231

Ok.

> Hopefully these fix both splats and slowness.

So again, I'm slightly confused on how RCU patches flow. Eric
originally reported the bug for which you created the patch I applied
against 3.3. The giant patch series above seems queued for 3.4.

I don't see stable CC'd on 45-47, nor any of Steven's patches. I doubt
I'd want to go applying the 47-patch series on 3.3 at the moment, and
given you have these marked for 3.4 I don't think you do either.
However, is there some kind of fix for the original bug report against
3.3?

josh


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