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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC tip/core/rcu 0/28] Preview of RCU changes for 3.3
On Wed, Nov 02, 2011 at 01:30:17PM -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> This patchset permits idle tasks to use RCU read-side critical sections,
> although they are still prohibited between tick_nohz_idle_exit_norcu()
> and tick_nohz_idle_exit_norcu(); makes synchronize_sched_expedited()
> better able to share work among concurrent callers, allows ftrace_dump()
> to be invoked from modules, dumps tracing upon detection of an rcutorture
> failure, detects illegal use of RCU read-side critical sections from
> extended quiescent states, legitimizes the pre-existin use of RCU in the
> idle notifiers, fixes a memory-barrier botch, introduces an SRCU-like bulk
> reference count, improve dynticks entry/exit tracing, further improves
> RCU's ability to allow a given CPU to enter dyntick-idle mode quickly,
> fixes idle-task checks, updates documentation, and additional fixes
> from a still-ongoing top-to-bottom inspection of RCU. The patches are
> as follows:

I've reviewed all of these patches. For all of them except those
indicated below:
Reviewed-by: Josh Triplett <>

> 1. Strengthen memory barriers used in PowerPC value-returning
> atomics and locking primitives. It is likely that this
> commit will be superseded by something from the powerpc
> maintainers. The need for this strengthening was validated
> by tooling from Peter Sewell's group at the University of
> Cambridge.

As before, I don't have the background on powerpc to provide review on
this one. However, I trust Peter Sewell's group to have gotten the
details right. :)

> 5. Document the troubleshooting of lockdep lock-class leaks.

I replied with a few comments and a typo fix.

> 11. Remove a useless self-awaken when setting up expedited grace
> periods, courtesy of Thomas Gleixner and the -rt effort.

Replied with a fix: commit needs splitting.

> 12-17. Make lockdep-RCU warn when RCU read-side primitives are
> invoked from an idle RCU extended quiescent state, mostly
> courtesy of Frederic Weisbecker.

Replied to 17 with a minor nit, but Reviewed-by still applies to all
five with or without that nit fixed.

> 18-23. Separate out the scheduler-clock tick's idea of dyntick
> idle from RCU's notion of an idle extended quiescent state, mostly
> courtesy of Frederic Weisbecker. These commits are needed for
> Frederic's work to suppress the scheduler-clock tick when there
> is but one runnable task on a given CPU.

Very much looking forward to that work. Any pointer to more information
on tickless-when-one-task?

Replied to patch 19 with some naming comments; the rest seem fine.

> 24. Introduce a bulk reference count, which is related to SRCU,
> but which allows a reference to be acquired in an irq handler
> and released by the task that was interrupted.

Replied with comments.

> 27. Allow CPUs with pending RCU callbacks to enter dyntick-idle
> mode. Beware this commit, as it compiled and passed rcutorture
> on the first try, which historically has indicated the presence
> of subtle and highly destructive bugs.

Heh. I reviewed this one particularly carefully, then, but I didn't
find any logic errors. I did reply with a couple of comments, though.

> 28. Fix RCU's determination of whether or not it is running in the
> context of an idle task.

Replied with concerns.

- Josh Triplett

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