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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/7] xen/events: bug fixes and some diagnostic aids
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On 08.02.21 14:09, Julien Grall wrote:
> Hi Juergen,
>
> On 08/02/2021 12:31, Jürgen Groß wrote:
>> On 08.02.21 13:16, Julien Grall wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> On 08/02/2021 12:14, Jürgen Groß wrote:
>>>> On 08.02.21 11:40, Julien Grall wrote:
>>>>> Hi Juergen,
>>>>>
>>>>> On 08/02/2021 10:22, Jürgen Groß wrote:
>>>>>> On 08.02.21 10:54, Julien Grall wrote:
>>>>>>> ... I don't really see how the difference matter here. The idea
>>>>>>> is to re-use what's already existing rather than trying to
>>>>>>> re-invent the wheel with an extra lock (or whatever we can come up).
>>>>>>
>>>>>> The difference is that the race is occurring _before_ any IRQ is
>>>>>> involved. So I don't see how modification of IRQ handling would help.
>>>>>
>>>>> Roughly our current IRQ handling flow (handle_eoi_irq()) looks like:
>>>>>
>>>>> if ( irq in progress )
>>>>> {
>>>>>    set IRQS_PENDING
>>>>>    return;
>>>>> }
>>>>>
>>>>> do
>>>>> {
>>>>>    clear IRQS_PENDING
>>>>>    handle_irq()
>>>>> } while (IRQS_PENDING is set)
>>>>>
>>>>> IRQ handling flow like handle_fasteoi_irq() looks like:
>>>>>
>>>>> if ( irq in progress )
>>>>>    return;
>>>>>
>>>>> handle_irq()
>>>>>
>>>>> The latter flow would catch "spurious" interrupt and ignore them.
>>>>> So it would handle nicely the race when changing the event affinity.
>>>>
>>>> Sure? Isn't "irq in progress" being reset way before our "lateeoi" is
>>>> issued, thus having the same problem again?
>>>
>>> Sorry I can't parse this.
>>
>> handle_fasteoi_irq() will do nothing "if ( irq in progress )". When is
>> this condition being reset again in order to be able to process another
>> IRQ?
> It is reset after the handler has been called. See handle_irq_event().

Right. And for us this is too early, as we want the next IRQ being
handled only after we have called xen_irq_lateeoi().

>
>> I believe this will be the case before our "lateeoi" handling is
>> becoming active (more precise: when our IRQ handler is returning to
>> handle_fasteoi_irq()), resulting in the possibility of the same race we
>> are experiencing now.
>
> I am a bit confused what you mean by "lateeoi" handling is becoming
> active. Can you clarify?

See above: the next call of the handler should be allowed only after
xen_irq_lateeoi() for the IRQ has been called.

If the handler is being called earlier we have the race resulting
in the WARN() splats.

> Note that are are other IRQ flows existing. We should have a look at
> them before trying to fix thing ourself.

Fine with me, but it either needs to fit all use cases (interdomain,
IPI, real interrupts) or we need to have a per-type IRQ flow.

I think we should fix the issue locally first, then we can start to do
a thorough rework planning. Its not as if the needed changes with the
current flow would be so huge, and I'd really like to have a solution
rather sooner than later. Changing the IRQ flow might have other side
effects which need to be excluded by thorough testing.

> Although, the other issue I can see so far is handle_irq_for_port() will
> update info->{eoi_cpu, irq_epoch, eoi_time} without any locking. But it
> is not clear this is what you mean by "becoming active".

As long as a single event can't be handled on multiple cpus at the same
time, there is no locking needed.


Juergen
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