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SubjectRe: [PATCH -tip] Create rcutree plugins to handle hotplug CPU for multi-level trees
On Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 11:38:03AM -0700, Josh Triplett wrote:
> On Tue, 2009-08-25 at 11:22 -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> > When offlining CPUs from a multi-level tree, there is the possibility
> > of offlining the last CPU from a given node when there are preempted
> > RCU read-side critical sections that started life on one of the CPUs on
> > that node. In this case, the corresponding tasks will be enqueued via
> > the task_struct's rcu_node_entry list_head onto one of the rcu_node's
> > blocked_tasks[] lists. These tasks need to be moved somewhere else
> > so that they will prevent the current grace period from ending.
> > That somewhere is the root rcu_node.
> >
> > With this patch, TREE_PREEMPT_RCU passes moderate rcutorture testing
> > with aggressive CPU-hotplugging (no delay between inserting/removing
> > randomly selected CPU).
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Paul E. McKenney <paulmck@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
>
> Looks good. One comment below.
>
> > --- a/include/linux/sched.h
> > +++ b/include/linux/sched.h
> > @@ -1208,7 +1208,7 @@ struct task_struct {
> > #ifdef CONFIG_TREE_PREEMPT_RCU
> > int rcu_read_lock_nesting;
> > char rcu_read_unlock_special;
> > - int rcu_blocked_cpu;
> > + void *rcu_blocked_node;
>
> This should use struct rcu_node *, not void *. That would eliminate
> several casts in the changes below. You can forward-declare struct
> rcu_node if you want to avoid including RCU headers in sched.h.

Good point -- it would be nice to avoid the casts.

> > --- a/kernel/rcutree_plugin.h
> > +++ b/kernel/rcutree_plugin.h
> > @@ -92,7 +92,7 @@ static void rcu_preempt_qs(int cpu)
> > rnp = rdp->mynode;
> > spin_lock(&rnp->lock);
> > t->rcu_read_unlock_special |= RCU_READ_UNLOCK_BLOCKED;
> > - t->rcu_blocked_cpu = cpu;
> > + t->rcu_blocked_node = (void *)rnp;
>
> Regardless of whether you change the type in the structure, you never
> need to cast a pointer to type void *; any non-function pointer will
> become void * without complaint.
>
> > @@ -170,12 +170,21 @@ static void rcu_read_unlock_special(struct task_struct *t)
> > if (special & RCU_READ_UNLOCK_BLOCKED) {
> > t->rcu_read_unlock_special &= ~RCU_READ_UNLOCK_BLOCKED;
> >
> > - /* Remove this task from the list it blocked on. */
> > - rnp = rcu_preempt_state.rda[t->rcu_blocked_cpu]->mynode;
> > - spin_lock(&rnp->lock);
> > + /*
> > + * Remove this task from the list it blocked on. The
> > + * task can migrate while we acquire the lock, but at
> > + * most one time. So at most two passes through loop.
> > + */
> > + for (;;) {
> > + rnp = (struct rcu_node *)t->rcu_blocked_node;
> > + spin_lock(&rnp->lock);
> > + if (rnp == (struct rcu_node *)t->rcu_blocked_node)
> > + break;
> > + spin_unlock(&rnp->lock);
> > + }
>
> Both of the casts of t->rcu_blocked_node can go away here, given the
> type change in the structure.

Indeed. Fixed, will submit early tomorrow.

Thanx, Paul


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