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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC] pm_qos_requirement might sleep
On Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 12:51:11AM +0200, John Kacur wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 7:48 PM, Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org> wrote:
> > On Thu, 2008-08-14 at 08:52 -0700, mark gross wrote:
> >
> >> Keeping a lock around the different "target_value"s may not be so
> >> important. Its just a 32bit scaler value, and perhaps we can make it an
> >> atomic type? That way we loose the raw_spinlock.
> >
> > My suggestion was to keep the locking for the write side - so as to
> > avoid stuff stomping on one another, but drop the read side as:
> >
> > spin_lock
> > foo = var;
> > spin_unlock
> > return foo;
> >
> > is kinda useless, it doesn't actually serialize against the usage of
> > foo, that is, once it gets used, var might already have acquired a new
> > value.
> >
> > The only thing it would protect is reading var, but since that is a
> > machine sized read, its atomic anyway (assuming its naturally aligned).
> >
> > So no need for atomic_t (its read-side is just a read too), just drop
> > the whole lock usage from pq_qos_requirement().
> >
>
> Thanks Peter.
>
> Mark, is the following patch ok with you? This should be applied to
> mainline, and then after that no special patches are necessary for
> real-time.

I've been thinking about this patch and I worry that the readability
from making the use of this lock asymmetric WRT reads and writes to the
storage address is bothersome.

I would rather make the variable an atomic. What do you think about
that?

--mgross

>
> Thanks
>
> John Kacur

> Subject: Remove unnecessary lock in pm_qos_requirement
>
> Signed-off-by: John Kacur <jkacur at gmail dot com>
>
> Index: linux-2.6/kernel/pm_qos_params.c
> ===================================================================
> --- linux-2.6.orig/kernel/pm_qos_params.c
> +++ linux-2.6/kernel/pm_qos_params.c
> @@ -193,14 +193,7 @@ static int find_pm_qos_object_by_minor(i
> */
> int pm_qos_requirement(int pm_qos_class)
> {
> - int ret_val;
> - unsigned long flags;
> -
> - spin_lock_irqsave(&pm_qos_lock, flags);
> - ret_val = pm_qos_array[pm_qos_class]->target_value;
> - spin_unlock_irqrestore(&pm_qos_lock, flags);
> -
> - return ret_val;
> + return pm_qos_array[pm_qos_class]->target_value;
> }
> EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(pm_qos_requirement);
>



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