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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH RT] rwsem_rt: Another (more sane) approach to mulit reader rt locks
On Thu, May 17, 2012 at 06:17:47PM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Thu, 2012-05-17 at 08:47 -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> > On Thu, May 17, 2012 at 05:32:59PM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > > On Thu, 2012-05-17 at 08:18 -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> > > > Some researchers at MIT RCU-ified this lock:
> > > >
> > > > http://people.csail.mit.edu/nickolai/papers/clements-bonsai.pdf
> > >
> > > Ah, as have I [1].. and they seem to have gotten about as far as I have,
> > > which means almost there but not quite [2] :-)
> >
> > I had forgotten about that -- that was the first call for call_srcu(),
> > if I remember correctly.
> >
> > > The most interesting case is file maps and they simply ignored those.
> > > While I appreciate that from an academic pov, -- they can still write a
> > > paper on the other interesting bits -- I don't really like it from a
> > > practical point.
> > >
> > > [1] https://lkml.org/lkml/2010/1/4/257
> > > [2] https://lkml.org/lkml/2010/1/4/532
> >
> > Hmmm... Do the recent dcache changes cover some of the things that
> > Linus called out? Probably not, but some at least.
>
> No, and the points viro made:
>
> https://lkml.org/lkml/2010/1/5/194
>
> are still very much an issue, you really don't want to do fput() from an
> asynchronous context. Which means you have to do synchronize_rcu() or
> similar from munmap() which will be rather unpopular :/

I don't claim to understand all of the code, but I am also unafraid to
ask stupid questions. ;-)

So, is it possible to do something like the following?

1. Schedule a workqueue from an RCU callback, and to have that
workqueue do the fput.

2. Make things like unmount() do rcu_barrier() followed by
flush_workqueue(), or probably multiple flush_workqueue()s.

3. If someone concurrently does munmap() and a write to the
to-be-unmapped region, then the write can legally happen.

4. Acquire mmap_sem in the fault path, but only if the fault
requires blocking, and recheck the situation under
mmap_sem -- the hope being to prevent long-lived page
faults from messing things up.

Fire away! ;-)

> Since we should not use per-cpu data for either files or processes
> (there are simply too many of those around) the alternative is
> horrendously hideous things like:
>
> https://lkml.org/lkml/2010/1/6/136
>
> which one cannot get away with either.
>
> The whole thing is very vexing indeed since all of this is only needed
> for ill-behaved applications since a well-constructed application will
> never fault in a range it is concurrently unmapping.
>
> Most annoying.

No argument there!!!

Thanx, Paul



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