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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 00/36] hrtimer: Provide softirq context hrtimers

* Anna-Maria Gleixner <> wrote:

> There are quite some places in the kernel which use a combination of
> hrtimers and tasklets to make use of the precise expiry of hrtimers, which
> schedule a tasklet to bring the actual function into softirq context.
> This was introduced when the previous hrtimer softirq code was
> removed. That code was implemented by expiring the timer in hard irq
> context and then deferring the execution of the callback into softirq
> context. That caused a lot of pointless shuffling between the rbtree and a
> linked list.
> In recent discussions it turned out that more potential users of hrtimers
> in softirq context might come up. Aside of that the RT patches need this
> functionality as well to defer hrtimers into softirq context if their
> callbacks are not interrupt safe on RT.
> This series implements a new approach by adding SOFT hrtimer mode and
> instead of doing the list shuffle, timers started with this mode are put
> into separate soft expiry hrtimer queues. These queues are evaluated only
> when the hardirq context detects that the first expiring timer in the
> softirq queues has expired. That makes the overhead in the hardirq context
> minimal.
> The series reworks the code to reuse as much as possible from the existing
> facilities for the new softirq hrtimers and integrates them with all
> flavours of hrtimers (HIGH_RES=y/n - NOHZ=y/n).
> To achieve this quite some of the conditionals in the existing code are
> removed for the price of adding some pointless data and state tracking to
> the HIGH_RES=n case. That's minimal, but well worth it as it increases the
> readability and maintainability of the code.
> The first part of the series implements the new functionality and the
> second part converts the hrtimer/tasklet users to make use of it and
> removes struct hrtimer_tasklet and the surrounding helper functions.
> This series is available from git as well:
> git:// WIP.timers
> Thanks,
> Anna-Maria

Nice work!

A general heads-up: I've applied most of this series to tip:timers/core, and while
reviewing the changes I've tidied up a number of changelogs and titles and
modified a few in-code comments as well - but have not changed any logic code.

No serious changes intended, but please double check the end result once I've
pushed it out after local testing.



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