Re: [PATCH v5 04/45] percpu_rwlock: Implement the core design ofPer-CPU Reader-Writer Locks

From: Srivatsa S. Bhat
Date: Sun Feb 10 2013 - 15:22:39 EST

On 02/11/2013 01:43 AM, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> On 02/11, Srivatsa S. Bhat wrote:
>> On 02/09/2013 04:40 AM, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
>>>> +static void announce_writer_inactive(struct percpu_rwlock *pcpu_rwlock)
>>>> +{
>>>> + unsigned int cpu;
>>>> +
>>>> + drop_writer_signal(pcpu_rwlock, smp_processor_id());
>>> Why do we drop ourselves twice? More to the point, why is it important to
>>> drop ourselves first?
>> I don't see where we are dropping ourselves twice. Note that we are no longer
>> in the cpu_online_mask, so the 'for' loop below won't include us. So we need
>> to manually drop ourselves. It doesn't matter whether we drop ourselves first
>> or later.
> Yes, but this just reflects its usage in cpu-hotplug. cpu goes away under
> _write_lock.

Ah, right. I guess the code still has remnants from the older version in which
this locking scheme wasn't generic and was tied to cpu-hotplug alone..

> Perhaps _write_lock/unlock shoud use for_each_possible_cpu() instead?

Hmm, that wouldn't be too bad.

> Hmm... I think this makes sense anyway. Otherwise, in theory,
> percpu_write_lock(random_non_hotplug_lock) can race with cpu_up?

Yeah, makes sense. Will change it to for_each_possible_cpu().
And I had previously fixed such races with lglocks with a complicated scheme (to
avoid the costly for_each_possible loop), which was finally rewritten to use
for_each_possible_cpu() for the sake of simplicity..
Srivatsa S. Bhat

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