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SubjectRe: [PATCH] RT: Add priority-queuing and priority-inheritance to workqueue infrastructure
On 08/01, Gregory Haskins wrote:
> On Thu, 2007-08-02 at 00:50 +0400, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> > On 08/01, Daniel Walker wrote:
> > >
> > > It's translating priorities through the work queues, which doesn't seem
> > > to happen with the current implementation. A high priority, say
> > > SCHED_FIFO priority 99, task may have to wait for a nice -5 work queue
> > > to finish..
> >
> > Why should that task wait?
> I assume "that task" = the RT99 task? If so, that is precisely the
> question. It shouldn't wait. ;) With mainline, it is simply queued
> with every other request. There could be an RT40, and a SCHED_NORMAL in
> front of it in the queue that will get processed first. In addition,
> the system could suffer from a priority inversion if some unrelated but
> lower priority task (say RT98) was blocking the workqueue thread from
> making forward progress on the nice -5 job.
> To clarify: when a design utilizes a singlethread per workqueue (such as
> in both mainline and this patch), the RT99 will always have to wait
> behind any already dispatched jobs.

It is not that "RT99 will always have to wait". But yes, the work_struct
queued by RT99 has to wait.

> That is a given. However, with
> Daniels patch, two things happen in addition to normal processing.

Yes, I see what the patch does,

> 1) The RT99 task would move ahead in the queue of anything else that was
> also scheduled on the workqueue that is < RT99.

this itself is wrong, breaks flush_workqueue() semantics

> 2) The priority of the workqueue task would be temporarily elevated to
> RT99 so that the currently dispatched task will complete at the same
> priority as the waiter.

_Which_ waiter? I can't understand at all why work_struct should "inherit"
the priority of the task which queued it. This looks just wrong to me,
even if could implement this safely.


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