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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] Make sure timers have migrated before killing migration_thread
On Thu, May 20, 2010 at 09:28:03AM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Wed, 2010-05-19 at 17:43 +0530, Amit K. Arora wrote:
> > Alternate Solution considered : Another option considered was to
> > increase the priority of the hrtimer cpu offline notifier, such that it
> > gets to run before scheduler's migration cpu offline notifier. In this
> > way we are sure that the timers will get migrated before migration_call
> > tries to kill migration_thread. But, this can have some non-obvious
> > implications, suggested Srivatsa.
>
>
> > On Wed, May 19, 2010 at 11:31:55AM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > > The other problem is more urgent though, CPU_POST_DEAD runs outside of
> > > the hotplug lock and thus the above becomes a race where we could
> > > possible kill off the migration thread of a newly brought up cpu:
> > >
> > > cpu0 - down 2
> > > cpu1 - up 2 (allocs a new migration thread, and leaks the old one)
> > > cpu0 - post_down 2 - frees the migration thread -- oops!
> >
> > Ok. So, how about adding a check in CPU_UP_PREPARE event handling too ?
> > The cpuset_lock will synchronize, and thus avoid race between killing of
> > migration_thread in up_prepare and post_dead events.
> >
> > Here is the updated patch. If you don't like this one too, do you mind
> > suggesting an alternate approach to tackle the problem ? Thanks !
>
> Right, so this isn't pretty at all..
>
> Ingo, the comment near the migration_notifier says that migration_call
> should happen before all else, but can you see anything that would break
> if we let the timer migration happen first?
>
> Thomas?

Hello Ingo, Thomas,

Do you see any potential problems with migrating the timers before
the migration_call ?

Thanks!
--
Regards,
Amit Arora


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