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SubjectRe: [RFC patch 2/5] smpboot: Provide infrastructure for percpu hotplug threads
On Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 03:32:19PM +0200, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> On Thu, 14 Jun 2012, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> > On Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 01:20:39PM +0200, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> > > I gave it a quick shot, but I was not able to reproduce the hang yet.
> >
> > Really? I have a strictly Western-Hemisphere bug? ;-)
>
> I guess I need to fire up rcu torture to make it surface.

A simple offline was triggering it for me. Perhaps some of my debug
code was inappropriate, will retry.

> > > But looking at the thread function made me look into rcu_yield() and I
> > > really wonder what kind of drug induced that particular piece of
> > > horror.
> >
> > When you are working on something like RCU priority boosting, no other
> > drug is in any way necessary. ;-)
>
> And how do we protect minors from that ?

We rely on their own sense of self-preservation preventing them from
getting involved in such insanity.

> > > I can't figure out why this yield business is necessary at all. The
> > > commit logs are as helpful as the missing code comments :)
> > >
> > > I suspect that it's some starvation issue. But if we need it, then
> > > can't we replace it with something sane like the (untested) patch
> > > below?
> >
> > Yep, starvation. I will take a look at your approach after I wake
> > up a bit more.
>
> Btw, if that simpler yield approach is working and I can't see why it
> shouldn't then you can get rid of the node task as well. The only
> purpose of it is to push up the priority of yielding tasks, right?

It also boosts the priority of preempted RCU read-side critical sections.

Thanx, Paul



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