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SubjectRe: [PATCH -rt 4/5] use migrate_disable for __local_begin
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On Sat, 2007-07-14 at 14:35 -0400, Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:
> * Peter Zijlstra (a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl) wrote:
> > On Sat, 2007-07-14 at 13:16 -0400, Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:
> > > * Peter Zijlstra (a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl) wrote:
> > > > Signed-off-by: Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl>
> > > > ---
> > > > include/asm-i386/local.h | 7 ++++---
> > > > include/asm-x86_64/local.h | 7 ++++---
> > > > 2 files changed, 8 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)
> > > >
> > > > Index: linux-2.6/include/asm-i386/local.h
> > > > ===================================================================
> > > > --- linux-2.6.orig/include/asm-i386/local.h
> > > > +++ linux-2.6/include/asm-i386/local.h
> > > > @@ -197,11 +197,12 @@ static __inline__ long local_sub_return(
> > > > #define __local_begin(__flags) \
> > > > { \
> > > > (__flags) = 0; \
> > > > - preempt_disable(); \
> > > > + migrate_disable(); \
> > >
> > > Brrrr. That's wrong. Your non atomic __local*() updates only makes sense
> > > when preempt_disable/enable() protects them from concurrent threads on
> > > the same CPU, which is not the case of migrate_disable/enable(). This is
> > > why I suggest that you use local_begin/end() mapped to
> > > migrate_disable/enable() for normal local variables, and, if you really
> > > want a __local_begin/end(), then it should be mapped to
> > > preempt_disable/enable() and should state that it provides no protection
> > > against interrupts.
> >
> > Sure, but on -rt it does suffice, this part of the patch is rather WIP.
> >
> >
>
> Hrm, how can it suffice, I wonder ? migrate_disable() does not protect
> against other threads on the same CPU, so you could suffer from
> concurrent updates to the same variables. How is it different in -rt ?

I thought the idea was that all these local_* operation were atomic wrt
to the local cpu.

The only difference with -rt is that we generally don't care about
interrupts.

Anyway, I'm dropping all this local stuff, and just hard code it right
into slub.c



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