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SubjectRe: [PATCH tip/core/rcu 03/17] rcu/tree: Skip entry into the page allocator for PREEMPT_RT
On 2020-06-30 11:35:34 [-0700], Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> > This is not going to work together with the "wait context validator"
> > (CONFIG_PROVE_RAW_LOCK_NESTING). As of -rc3 it should complain about
> > printk() which is why it is still disabled by default.
>
> Fixing that should be "interesting". In particular, RCU CPU stall
> warnings rely on the raw spin lock to reduce false positives due
> to race conditions. Some thought will be required here.

I don't get this part. Can you explain/give me an example where to look
at?

> > So assume that this is fixed and enabled then on !PREEMPT_RT it will
> > complain that you have a raw_spinlock_t acquired (the one from patch
> > 02/17) and attempt to acquire a spinlock_t in the memory allocator.
>
> Given that the slab allocator doesn't acquire any locks until it gets
> a fair way in, wouldn't it make sense to allow a "shallow" allocation
> while a raw spinlock is held? This would require yet another GFP_ flag,
> but that won't make all that much of a difference in the total. ;-)

That would be one way of dealing with. But we could go back to
spinlock_t and keep the memory allocation even for RT as is. I don't see
a downside of this. And we would worry about kfree_rcu() from real
IRQ-off region once we get to it.

> Thanx, Paul
>
> > > bnode = (struct kfree_rcu_bulk_data *)
> > > __get_free_page(GFP_NOWAIT | __GFP_NOWARN);
> > > }

Sebastian

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