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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/3] perf/x86/intel: force resched when TFA sysctl is modified
On Fri, Apr 05, 2019 at 10:00:03AM -0700, Stephane Eranian wrote:

> > > +static void update_tfa_sched(void *ignored)
> > > +{
> > > + struct cpu_hw_events *cpuc = this_cpu_ptr(&cpu_hw_events);
> > > + struct pmu *pmu = x86_get_pmu();
> > > + struct perf_cpu_context *cpuctx = this_cpu_ptr(pmu->pmu_cpu_context);
> > > + struct perf_event_context *task_ctx = cpuctx->task_ctx;
> > > +
> > > + /* prevent any changes to the two contexts */
> > > + perf_ctx_lock(cpuctx, task_ctx);
> > > +
> > > + /*
> > > + * check if PMC3 is used
> > > + * and if so force schedule out for all event types all contexts
> > > + */
> > > + if (test_bit(3, cpuc->active_mask))
> > > + perf_ctx_resched(cpuctx, task_ctx, EVENT_ALL|EVENT_CPU);
> > > +
> > > + perf_ctx_unlock(cpuctx, task_ctx);
> >
> > I'm not particularly happy with exporting all that. Can't we create this
> > new perf_ctx_resched() to include the locking and everything. Then the
> > above reduces to:
> >
> > if (test_bit(3, cpuc->active_mask))
> > perf_ctx_resched(cpuctx);
> >
> > And we don't get to export the tricky bits.
> >
> The only reason I exported the locking is to protect
> cpuc->active_mask. But if you
> think there is no race, then sure, we can just export a new
> perf_ctx_resched() that
> does the locking and invokes the ctx_resched() function.

It doesn't matter if it races, if it was used and isn't anymore, it's
a pointless reschedule, if it isn't used and we don't reschedule, it
cannot be used because we've already set the flag.

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