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SubjectRe: [tip:core/rcu] Revert "rcu: Decrease memory-barrier usage based on semi-formal proof"
On Thu, May 26, 2011 at 08:13:48AM +0200, Ingo Molnar wrote:
>
> * Paul E. McKenney <paulmck@linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:
>
> > rcu: Start RCU kthreads in TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE state
> >
> > Upon creation, kthreads are in TASK_UNINTERRUPTIBLE state, which can
> > result in softlockup warnings. Because some of RCU's kthreads can
> > legitimately be idle indefinitely, start them in TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE
> > state in order to avoid those warnings.
> >
> > Suggested-by: Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl>
> > Signed-off-by: Paul E. McKenney <paulmck@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
>
> this should also solve load average artifacts - do not
> TASK_UNINTERRUPTIBLE tasks skew the load upwards?

Quite possibly -- in this case the artifacts would appear just after
boot, and would disappear as soon as the RCU kthreads had something
to do.

Thanx, Paul


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