Re: [PATCH] RCU: implement rcu_read_[un]lock_preempt()

From: Tejun Heo
Date: Sat Jul 19 2008 - 06:23:50 EST

Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Mon, 2008-07-14 at 14:57 +0900, Tejun Heo wrote:
>> With the introduction of preemptible RCU, RCU doesn't gurantee that
>> its critical section runs on the CPU it started to run. As there are
>> cases where non-preemptible RCU critical section makes sense, create
>> new RCU read lock variants which turns of preemption -
>> rcu_read_[un]lock_preempt() which are identical to rcu_read_[un]lock()
>> for classic implementation and have enclosing preempt disable/enable
>> for preemptible RCU.
>> Signed-off-by: Tejun Heo <tj@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Sorry, NAK.
> If you need preempt off you need it for other reasons than RCU, so
> mixing it in the interface doesn't make sense to me.

Hmmm... the point of the interface is avoiding doing double preemption
operations as on common configurations rcu_read_lock() disables
preemption. Yes, it's for different purposes but we have two partially
overlapping ops and implementing combined / collapsed ops for such cases
is acceptable, I think.

Using get_cpu() or separate preempt_disable() wouldn't incur noticeable
performance difference as preemption is really cheap to manipulate but
both per-cpu and RCU are for performance optimization and I think having
combined ops is a good idea.

I wonder what other people think. If it's agreed that having combined
ops is a bad idea, I'll convert it to get_cpu().


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