Re: [RFC PATCH] ARM: smp: Fix the CPU hotplug race with scheduler.

From: Santosh Shilimkar
Date: Mon Jun 20 2011 - 06:28:16 EST

On 6/20/2011 3:44 PM, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
On Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 10:50:53AM +0100, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
On Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 02:53:59PM +0530, Santosh Shilimkar wrote:
The current ARM CPU hotplug code suffers from couple of race conditions
in CPU online path with scheduler.
The ARM CPU hotplug code doesn't wait for hot-plugged CPU to be marked
active as part of cpu_notify() by the CPU which brought it up before
enabling interrupts.

Hmm, why not just move the set_cpu_online() call before notify_cpu_starting()
and add the wait after the set_cpu_online() ?

Actually, the race is caused by the CPU being marked online (and therefore
available for the scheduler) but not yet active (the CPU asking this one
to boot hasn't run the online notifiers yet.)

Scheduler uses the active mask and not online mask. For schedules CPU
is ready for migration as soon as it is marked as active and that's
the reason, interrupts should never be enabled before CPU is marked
as active in online path.

This, I feel, is a fault of generic code. If the CPU is not ready to have
processes scheduled on it (because migration is not initialized) then we
shouldn't be scheduling processes on the new CPU yet.

In any case, this should close the window by ensuring that we don't receive
an interrupt in the online-but-not-active case. Can you please test?

No it doesn't work. I still get the crash. The important point
here is not to enable interrupts before CPU is marked
as online and active.

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