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SubjectRe: [PATCH 19/19] workqueue: implement concurrency managed workqueue

On Fri, 2 Oct 2009, Tejun Heo wrote:
> Yeap, this one is pretty scary. I tried pretty hard to at least make
> the diffs fall into relevant sections (ie. updates to certain part of
> logic shows up as diffs to the original part) but I agree this patch
> is a tad too big. Maybe I can introduce gcwq first. The big problem
> is the strong inter-dependency between the single global worker pool
> and the hotplug logic. I tried to introduce the hotplug logic first
> but it basically required implementing different interim mechanism
> altogether. One solution could be disabling or crippling cpu hotplug
> support for several commits so that the processing part and hotplug
> part can be introduced separately. Would that be acceptable?

I would say that disabling CPU hotplug for a while is likely a good way to
at least limit the damage, except for one thing - suspend and resume.

That's one of the things that is hard to debug anyway, is tied to
workqueues (with that whole freezing thing) _and_ uses CPU hotplug to
actually get its work done. So if you effectively disable CPU hotplug for
a part of the series, then that just means that bisection doesn't work
over that part - and is probably one of the areas where it would be the
most important that it works ;^/

So I dunno. I do like the series even as-is. It seems to have fairly solid
reasoning behind it, and I absolutely hate the deadlocks we have now in
workqueue handling and the insane things we do to work around them. At the
same time, this code is something I get worried about - I can easily
imaging subtle bugs that only happen under certain circumstances and with
certain timings - and the last patch was the scariest of the lot.

So if the thing could be split up while limiting CPU hotplug only a bit
(so that the case of suspend/resume would hopefully still be ok), that
would be wonderful.


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