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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC tip/core/rcu] accelerate grace period if last non-dynticked CPU
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On Sun, 2010-01-24 at 19:48 -0800, Paul E. McKenney wrote:

> +/*
> + * Check to see if any future RCU-related work will need to be done
> + * by the current CPU, even if none need be done immediately, returning
> + * 1 if so. This function is part of the RCU implementation; it is -not-
> + * an exported member of the RCU API.
> + *
> + * Because we are not supporting preemptible RCU, attempt to accelerate
> + * any current grace periods so that RCU no longer needs this CPU, but
> + * only if all other CPUs are already in dynticks-idle mode. This will
> + * allow the CPU cores to be powered down immediately, as opposed to after
> + * waiting many milliseconds for grace periods to elapse.
> + */
> +int rcu_needs_cpu(int cpu)
> +{
> + int c = 1;
> + int i;
> + int thatcpu;
> +
> + /* Don't bother unless we are the last non-dyntick-idle CPU. */
> + for_each_cpu(thatcpu, nohz_cpu_mask)
> + if (thatcpu != cpu)
> + return rcu_needs_cpu_quick_check(cpu);
> +
> + /* Try to push remaining RCU-sched and RCU-bh callbacks through. */
> + for (i = 0; i < RCU_NEEDS_CPU_FLUSHES && c; i++) {
> + c = 0;
> + if (per_cpu(rcu_sched_data, cpu).nxtlist) {
> + c = 1;
> + rcu_sched_qs(cpu);
> + force_quiescent_state(&rcu_sched_state, 0);
> + __rcu_process_callbacks(&rcu_sched_state,
> + &per_cpu(rcu_sched_data, cpu));

> + }
> + if (per_cpu(rcu_bh_data, cpu).nxtlist) {
> + c = 1;
> + rcu_bh_qs(cpu);
> + force_quiescent_state(&rcu_bh_state, 0);
> + __rcu_process_callbacks(&rcu_bh_state,
> + &per_cpu(rcu_bh_data, cpu));
> + }
> + }
> +
> + /* If RCU callbacks are still pending, RCU still needs this CPU. */
> + return c;

What happens if the last loop pushes out all callbacks? Then we would be
returning 1 when we could really be returning 0. Wouldn't a better
answer be:

return per_cpu(rcu_sched_data, cpu).nxtlist ||
per_cpu(rcu_bh_data, cpu).nxtlist;

-- Steve


> +}
> +
> +#endif




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