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SubjectRe: [PATCH tip/core/rcu 1/3] membarrier: Provide register expedited private command
----- On Oct 5, 2017, at 6:02 PM, Andrea Parri parri.andrea@gmail.com wrote:

> On Thu, Oct 05, 2017 at 04:02:06PM +0000, Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:
>> ----- On Oct 5, 2017, at 8:12 AM, Peter Zijlstra peterz@infradead.org wrote:
>>
>> > On Wed, Oct 04, 2017 at 02:37:53PM -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
>> >> diff --git a/arch/powerpc/kernel/membarrier.c b/arch/powerpc/kernel/membarrier.c
>> >> new file mode 100644
>> >> index 000000000000..b0d79a5f5981
>> >> --- /dev/null
>> >> +++ b/arch/powerpc/kernel/membarrier.c
>> >> @@ -0,0 +1,45 @@
>> >> +void membarrier_arch_register_private_expedited(struct task_struct *p)
>> >> +{
>> >> + struct task_struct *t;
>> >> +
>> >> + if (get_nr_threads(p) == 1) {
>> >> + set_thread_flag(TIF_MEMBARRIER_PRIVATE_EXPEDITED);
>> >> + return;
>> >> + }
>> >> + /*
>> >> + * Coherence of TIF_MEMBARRIER_PRIVATE_EXPEDITED against thread
>> >> + * fork is protected by siglock.
>> >> + */
>> >> + spin_lock(&p->sighand->siglock);
>> >> + for_each_thread(p, t)
>> >> + set_ti_thread_flag(task_thread_info(t),
>> >> + TIF_MEMBARRIER_PRIVATE_EXPEDITED);
>> >
>> > I'm not sure this works correctly vs CLONE_VM without CLONE_THREAD.
>>
>> The intent here is to hold the sighand siglock to provide mutual
>> exclusion against invocation of membarrier_fork(p, clone_flags)
>> by copy_process().
>>
>> copy_process() grabs spin_lock(&current->sighand->siglock) for both
>> CLONE_THREAD and not CLONE_THREAD flags.
>>
>> What am I missing here ?
>>
>> >
>> >> + spin_unlock(&p->sighand->siglock);
>> >> + /*
>> >> + * Ensure all future scheduler executions will observe the new
>> >> + * thread flag state for this process.
>> >> + */
>> >> + synchronize_sched();
>> >
>> > This relies on the flag being read inside rq->lock, right?
>>
>> Yes. The flag is read by membarrier_arch_switch_mm(), invoked
>> within switch_mm_irqs_off(), called by context_switch() before
>> finish_task_switch() releases the rq lock.
>
> I fail to grap the relation between this synchronize_sched() and rq->lock.
>
> (Besides, we made no reference to rq->lock while discussing:
>
> https://github.com/paulmckrcu/litmus/commit/47039df324b60ace0cf7b2403299580be730119b
> replace membarrier_arch_sched_in with switch_mm_irqs_off )
>
> Could you elaborate?

Hi Andrea,

AFAIU the scheduler rq->lock is held while preemption is disabled.
synchronize_sched() is used here to ensure that all pre-existing
preempt-off critical sections have completed.

So saying that we use synchronize_sched() to synchronize with rq->lock
would be stretching the truth a bit. It's actually only true because the
scheduler holding the rq->lock is surrounded by a preempt-off
critical section.

Thanks,

Mathieu



>
> Andrea
>
>
>>
>> Is the comment clear enough, or do you have suggestions for
>> improvements ?
>
>
>
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Mathieu
>>
>> >
>> > > +}
>>
>> --
>> Mathieu Desnoyers
>> EfficiOS Inc.
> > http://www.efficios.com

--
Mathieu Desnoyers
EfficiOS Inc.
http://www.efficios.com

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