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SubjectRe: [PATCH] ia64: prevent irq migration race in __cpu_disable path
On Fri, Feb 06, 2009 at 02:05:50PM -0700, Alex Chiang wrote:
> * Luck, Tony <tony.luck@intel.com>:
> > > This is wrong because fixup_irqs calls migrate_irqs, and in
> > > migrate_irqs, we use the cpu_online_map to:
> > >
> > > 1. look for interrupts on current CPU
> > > 2. if we find one, move it to the first available CPU in
> > > the cpu_online_map
> > >
> > > This means we can potentially migrate an interrupt off ourself
> > > back to... ourself. Uh oh.
> >
> > Should we make migrate_irqs smarter then ... does any caller really
> > expect that it would "migrate" the irq to the same cpu?
>
> The only thing migrate_irqs does is locate irqs that have their
> CPU affinity set to the current CPU, and if so, changes the
> affinity.
>
> We still have possible pending timer interrupts that we need to
> handle, so I'm not seeing how changing the migrate_irqs
> implementation (to avoid migrating to ourself) will handle that.
>
> On one hand, I think the only irq handler that can be called at
> this point is our timer_interrupt, which doesn't seem to be using
> any RCU APIs.
>
> On the other hand, if we really want to make sure that we're not
> calling interrupt handlers with our CPU marked as 'offline', then
> we need to fix ia64_process_pending_intr() so that we're not
> firing our timer_interrupt with a NULL pt_regs.
>
> Add in to the mix that x86 seems to have the same assumption that
> we do (that it's ok to call our timer interrupt handler even if
> we're already marked as 'offline').
>
> I'm leaning towards reverting Paul's previous commit entirely
> because
>
> - migrate_platform_irqs() doesn't cause any interrupt
> handlers to be fired by itself
>
> - it also uses cpu_online)map to find a new CPU to assign
> CPEI to
>
> Thoughts?

I would suggest at least a comment stating why it is safe to take the
interrupts on a CPU marked offline. As to the eventual solution, you
guys are the experts on your architecture.

Thanx, Paul


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