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SubjectRe: Considerations on sched APIs under RT patch
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On Wed, 2010-04-21 at 07:16 +0200, Primiano Tucci wrote:
> Hi steve
> > read_locks are converted into "special" rt_mutexes. The only thing
> > special about them, is the owner may grab the same read lock more than
> > once (recursive).
> >
> > If a lower priority process currently holds the tasklist_lock for write,
> > when a high priority process tries to take it for read (or write for
> > that matter) it will block on the lower priority process. But that lower
> > priority process will acquire the priority of the higher priority
> > process (priority inheritance) and will run at that priority until it
> > releases the lock. Then it will go back to its low priority and the
> > higher priority process will then preempt it and acquire the lock for
> > read.
>
> In your example you implied that the low priority process, holding the
> lock for write, runs on the same CPU of the higher priority process
> that wants to lock it for read. This is clear to me.
> My problem is, in a SMP environment, what happens if a process (let's
> say T1 on CPU #1) holds the lock for write (its priority does not
> matter, it is not a PI problem) and now a process T0 on cpu #0 wants
> to lock it for read?
> The process T0 will be blocked! But who will run now on CPU 0, until
> the rwlock is held by T1? Probably the next ready process on CPU #'0.
> Is it right?

Yes. This is the reality of SMP systems, nothing much you can do about
that. System resources are shared between all cpus, irrespective of task
affinities.



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