[lkml]   [2012]   [Jun]   [27]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
Messages in this thread
    SubjectRe: [GIT PULL rcu/urgent] Fix for RCU-related hang

    * Paul E. McKenney <> wrote:

    > Hello, Ingo,
    > This series has a single patch that fixes a system hang that can occur
    > in perhaps unusual but very real circumstances. This hang occurs
    > because of a very stupid bug of mine introduced in commit b1420f1c
    > (Make rcu_barrier() less disruptive) that can cause CPUs to miscount
    > RCU callbacks. The sequence of events leading to the hang is as follows:
    > 1. A CPU miscounts its callbacks.
    > 2. That CPU invokes all of its callbacks, so that its callback
    > list is empty, but the callback count is nonzero.
    > 3. That CPU goes offline. Because its callback list is empty,
    > RCU's CPU-hotplug CPU_DEAD notifiers leave both the list and
    > the count alone. (In contrast, had the list been non-empty,
    > RCU's CPU_DEAD notifiers would have emptied the list and
    > zeroed the count.)
    > 4. One of the remaining CPUs executes one of the rcu_barrier()
    > family of primitives. The rcu_barrier() primitive notes
    > that the offline CPU has a non-zero count of callbacks, and
    > therefore hangs waiting for this count to reach zero. The
    > theory behind the indefinite wait is that the only reason that
    > an offline CPU can have a non-zero number of RCU callbacks is
    > that the CPU's CPU_DEAD notifiers have not yet executed.
    > But they already have executed, so the offlined CPU's callback
    > count will remain non-zero until it is brought back online,
    > in other words, perhaps never.
    > However, this bug is likely to pass a combined rcutorture/CPU-hotplug
    > stress test because offlined CPUs tend to be brought back online
    > reasonably quickly. For the rcutorture tests to fail, the system must be
    > in the state indicated by step #3 above at the time the "rmmod rcutorture"
    > executes.
    > The fix is simply to prevent the miscounting.
    > This change is available in the git repository at:
    > git:// rcu/urgent
    > Thanx, Paul
    > ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > Paul E. McKenney (1):
    > rcu: Stop rcu_do_batch() from multiplexing the "count" variable
    > kernel/rcutree.c | 14 +++++++-------
    > 1 files changed, 7 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)

    Pulled, thanks Paul!


     \ /
      Last update: 2012-06-27 08:21    [W:0.046 / U:13.544 seconds]
    ©2003-2016 Jasper Spaans. hosted at Digital OceanAdvertise on this site