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SubjectRe: [RFC] arch hardlockup detector interfaces improvement
On Fri, 19 May 2017 09:17:53 -0400
Don Zickus <dzickus@redhat.com> wrote:

> On Fri, May 19, 2017 at 09:07:31AM +1000, Nicholas Piggin wrote:
> > On Thu, 18 May 2017 12:30:28 -0400
> > Don Zickus <dzickus@redhat.com> wrote:
> >
> > > (adding Uli)
> > >
> > > On Fri, May 19, 2017 at 01:50:26AM +1000, Nicholas Piggin wrote:
> > > > I'd like to make it easier for architectures that have their own NMI /
> > > > hard lockup detector to reuse various configuration interfaces that are
> > > > provided by generic detectors (cmdline, sysctl, suspend/resume calls).
> > > >
> > > > I'd also like to remove the dependency of arch hard lockup detectors
> > > > on the softlockup detector. The reason being these watchdogs can be
> > > > very small (sparc's is like a page of core code that does not use any
> > > > big subsystem like kthreads or timers).
> > > >
> > > > So I do this by adding a separate CONFIG_SOFTLOCKUP_DETECTOR, and
> > > > juggling around what goes under config options. HAVE_NMI_WATCHDOG
> > > > continues to be the config for arch to override the hard lockup
> > > > detector, which is expanded to cover a few more cases.
> > >
> > > Basically you are trying to remove the heavy HARDLOCKUP pieces to minimize
> > > the SOFTLOCKUP piece and use your own NMI detector, right?
> > >
> > > I am guessing you would then disable SOFTLOCKUP to remove all the kthread
> > > and timer stuff but continue to use the generic infrastructure to help
> > > manager your own NMI detector?
> >
> > Yes that's right.
> >
> > > A lot of the code is just re-organizing things and adding an explicit
> > > ifdef on SOFTLOCKUP, which seems fine to me.
> > >
> > > I just need to spend some time on some of your #else clauses to see what
> > > functionality is dropped when you use your approach.
> >
> > Okay, appreciated. I can trim down cc lists and send you my powerpc
> > WIP if you'd like to have a look.
>
> I am curious to know what IBM thinks there. Currently the HARDLOCKUP
> detector sits on top of perf. I get the impression, you are removing that
> dependency. Is that a permanent thing or are you thinking of switching back
> and forth depending on if SOFTLOCKUP is enabled or not?

We want to get away from perf permanently.

The PMU interrupts are not specially non-maskable from a hardware
POV, everything gets masked when you turn off interrupts in hardware.
powerpc arch code implements a software disable layer, and PMU
interrupts are differentiated there by being allowed to run even
under local_irq_disable();

We have a few issues with using perf for it. We disable it by
default because using it for that breaks another PMU feature.

But PMU interupts are not special, so it would be possible to e.g.,
take the timer interrupt before soft disable and have it touch the
watchdog if it fires while under local_irq_disable(). That give
exact same kind of pseudo-NMI as perf interrupts, without using PMU.

Further, we now want to introduce a local_pmu_disable() type of
interface that extends this soft disable layer to perf interrupts
as well for some cases. Once we start doing that, more code will
be exempt from the hardlockup watchdog, whereas a watchdog specific
hook from the timer interrupt would still cover it.

Thanks,
Nick

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