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SubjectRe: [PATCH] net: fix race in the receive/select
On Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 11:12:33AM +0200, Andi Kleen wrote:
> Jiri Olsa <jolsa@redhat.com> writes:
>
> > Adding memory barrier to the __pollwait function paired with
> > receive callbacks. The smp_mb__after_lock define is added,
> > since {read|write|spin}_lock() on x86 are full memory barriers.
>
> I was wondering did you see that race actually happening in practice?
> If yes on which system?
>
> At least on x86 I can't see how it happens. mb() is only a compile
> time barrier and the compiler doesn't optimize over indirect callbacks
> like __pollwait() anyways.
>
> It might be still needed on some weaker ordered architectures, but did you
> actually see it there?
>
> -Andi

yes, we have a customer that has been able to reproduce this problem on
x86_64 CPU model Xeon E5345*2, but they didn't reproduce on XEON MV, for example.

they were able to capture a backtrace when the race happened:
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=494404#c1

jirka

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> --
> ak@linux.intel.com -- Speaking for myself only.


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