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SubjectRe: [PATCH] sched: remove resetting exec_start in put_prev_task_rt()
On Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 8:34 PM, Steven Rostedt <> wrote:
> On Thu, 2011-06-02 at 16:04 +0800, Yong Zhang wrote:
>> On Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 10:03 PM, Hillf Danton <> wrote:
>> > Resetting exec_start, after updated in update_curr_rt(), could open window for
>> > messing up the subsequent computations of delta_exec of the given task.
>> I can't see how could this happen. what kind of 'subsequent computations'
>> do you mean?
> I still don't see a race.
> Hilf, if you still believe there's a race here, can you explain it in
> detail. Do something like:
>        CPU0                    CPU1
>        ----                    ----
>   do_something;
>                                does_something_not_expected;
>   continue_something;
> Obviously changing what those "somethings" are. That way we can visually
> see what you are trying to say.
>> But because exec_start will be reset by _pick_next_task_rt()/set_curr_task_rt(),
>> you patch is ok. IMHO it is not critical, it's just cleanup instead.
> I disagree. Yes the exec_start is reset there, but I like the fact that
> it's 0 when not running.

Hi Steve

Thank you a lot, and Peter as well, for your lessons on mutex_spin_on_owner:)

Resetting exec_start to zero has no negative functionality in RT scheduling,
as shown by Yong.

After put_prev_task() is called in schedule(),

put_prev_task(rq, prev);
next = pick_next_task(rq);

next is picked. Lets assume that next is not prev, and prev is still on RQ,
then prev's sched_class is changed to CFS while it is waiting on RQ.
After sched_class switch, prev is under CFS charge, and the exec_start field
could be taken into other games.

In task_hot(), called when migrating task, zeroed exec_start is trapped as
the following.

btw, I could not locate where proc_sched_show_task() is called.

Again thanks all a lot, /Hillf

kernel/sched.c | 1 +
1 files changed, 1 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/sched.c b/kernel/sched.c
index fd18f39..195bd4a 100644
--- a/kernel/sched.c
+++ b/kernel/sched.c
@@ -2184,6 +2184,7 @@ task_hot(struct task_struct *p, u64 now, struct
sched_domain *sd)
if (sysctl_sched_migration_cost == 0)
return 0;

+ BUG_ON(p->se.exec_start == 0);
delta = now - p->se.exec_start;

return delta < (s64)sysctl_sched_migration_cost;
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