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SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/4] cpuset,mm: use rwlock to protect task->mempolicy and mems_allowed
On Sat, Mar 6, 2010 at 6:33 PM, Miao Xie <> wrote:
> Before applying this patch, cpuset updates task->mems_allowed just like
> what you said. But the allocator is still likely to see an empty nodemask.
> This problem have been pointed out by Nick Piggin.
> The problem is following:
> The size of nodemask_t is greater than the size of long integer, so loading
> and storing of nodemask_t are not atomic operations. If task->mems_allowed
> don't intersect with new_mask, such as the first word of the mask is empty
> and only the first word of new_mask is not empty. When the allocator
> loads a word of the mask before
>        current->mems_allowed |= new_mask;
> and then loads another word of the mask after
>        current->mems_allowed = new_mask;
> the allocator gets an empty nodemask.

Couldn't that be solved by having the reader read the nodemask twice
and compare them? In the normal case there's no race, so the second
read is straight from L1 cache and is very cheap. In the unlikely case
of a race, the reader would keep trying until it got two consistent
values in a row.

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