Re: [PATCH] move put_task_struct() reaping into a thread [Re: 2.6.18-rt1]

From: Paul E. McKenney
Date: Wed Sep 27 2006 - 12:18:16 EST

On Wed, Sep 27, 2006 at 04:06:59PM +0200, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> * Eric W. Biederman <ebiederm@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > I'm still wondering if we can move put_task_struct a little lower in
> > the logic in the places where it is called, so it isn't called under a
> > lock, or with preemption disabled. The only downside I see is that it
> > might convolute the logic into unreadability.
> well it's all a function of the task reaping logic: right now we in
> essence complete the reaping from the scheduler, via prev_state ==
> TASK_DEAD. We cannot do it sooner because the task is still in use. I
> had one other implementation upstream some time ago, which was a
> single-slot cache for reaped tasks - but that uglified other codepaths
> because _something_ has to notice that the task has been unscheduled.

I believe that we are way too far into the task-teardown process for
something like synchronize_rcu() to be feasible (not enough of the
task left to be able to sleep!), but thought I should bring up the
possibility on the off-chance that it caused someone to come up with a
better approach.

Another possible approach would be workqueues. The disadvantages here are
(1) higher overhead (2) workqueues can be delayed for a -long- time in a
realtime environment, which increases vulnerability to memory exhaustion.

Again, hoping this provokes some better ideas...

Thanx, Paul
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