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SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/4] cpuset,mm: use rwlock to protect task->mempolicy and mems_allowed
On Wed, Mar 03, 2010 at 06:52:39PM +0800, Miao Xie wrote:
> if MAX_NUMNODES > BITS_PER_LONG, loading/storing task->mems_allowed or mems_allowed in
> task->mempolicy are not atomic operations, and the kernel page allocator gets an empty
> mems_allowed when updating task->mems_allowed or mems_allowed in task->mempolicy. So we
> use a rwlock to protect them to fix this probelm.

Oh, and something else I'm also concerned about:

If MAX_NUMNODES <= BITS_PER_LONG then these locks are a noop.

> +#define read_mem_lock_irqsave(p, flags) do { (void)(flags); } while (0)
> +
> +#define read_mem_unlock_irqrestore(p, flags) do { (void)(flags); } while (0)
> +
> +/* Be used to protect task->mempolicy and mems_allowed when user reads them */

However you are appearing to use them for more than just atomically
loading of the nodemasks.

> @@ -2447,11 +2503,14 @@ void cpuset_unlock(void)
> int cpuset_mem_spread_node(void)
> {
> int node;
> + unsigned long flags;
>
> + read_mem_lock_irqsave(current, flags);
> node = next_node(current->cpuset_mem_spread_rotor, current->mems_allowed);
> if (node == MAX_NUMNODES)
> node = first_node(current->mems_allowed);
> current->cpuset_mem_spread_rotor = node;
> + read_mem_unlock_irqrestore(current, flags);
> return node;
> }
> EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(cpuset_mem_spread_node);

If you are worried about doing this kind of atomic RMW on the mask, then
you cannot make the lock a noop. So if you're nooping the lock in this
way then you really need to cuddle it neatly around loading of the mask.

Once you do that, it would be trivial to use a seqlock.

...

> @@ -1381,8 +1434,16 @@ static struct mempolicy *get_vma_policy(struct task_struct *task,
> } else if (vma->vm_policy)
> pol = vma->vm_policy;
> }
> + if (!pol) {
> + read_mem_lock_irqsave(task, irqflags);
> + pol = task->mempolicy;
> + mpol_get(pol);
> + read_mem_unlock_irqrestore(task, irqflags);
> + }
> +
> if (!pol)
> pol = &default_policy;
> +
> return pol;
> }

And a couple of others. It looks like you're using it here to guarantee
existence of the mempolicy.... Did you mean read_mempolicy_lock? Or do
you have another problem (there seems to be several cases of this).

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