Re: [PATCH] vhost: locking/rcu cleanup

From: Tejun Heo
Date: Fri Jul 30 2010 - 10:50:33 EST


On 07/29/2010 02:23 PM, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> I saw WARN_ON(!list_empty(&dev->work_list)) trigger
> so our custom flush is not as airtight as need be.

Could be but it's also possible that something has queued something
after the last flush? Is the problem reproducible?

> This patch switches to a simple atomic counter + srcu instead of
> the custom locked queue + flush implementation.
> This will slow down the setup ioctls, which should not matter -
> it's slow path anyway. We use the expedited flush to at least
> make sure it has a sane time bound.
> Works fine for me. I got reports that with many guests,
> work lock is highly contended, and this patch should in theory
> fix this as well - but I haven't tested this yet.

Hmmm... vhost_poll_flush() becomes synchronize_srcu_expedited(). Can
you please explain how it works? synchronize_srcu_expedited() is an
extremely heavy operation involving scheduling the cpu_stop task on
all cpus. I'm not quite sure whether doing it from every flush is a
good idea. Is flush supposed to be a very rare operation?

Having custom implementation is fine too but let's try to implement
something generic if at all possible.


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