Re: [PATCH v6 08/46] CPU hotplug: Provide APIs to prevent CPU offlinefrom atomic context

From: Srivatsa S. Bhat
Date: Tue Feb 19 2013 - 06:00:59 EST

On 02/19/2013 04:12 PM, David Laight wrote:
>> I wouldn't go that far... ;-) Unfairness is not a show-stopper right?
>> IMHO, the warning/documentation should suffice for anybody wanting to
>> try out this locking scheme for other use-cases.
> I presume that by 'fairness' you mean 'write preference'?


> I'd not sure how difficult it would be, but maybe have two functions
> for acquiring the lock for read, one blocks if there is a writer
> waiting, the other doesn't.
> That way you can change the individual call sites separately.

Right, we could probably use that method to change the call sites in
multiple stages, in the future.

> The other place I can imagine a per-cpu rwlock being used
> is to allow a driver to disable 'sleep' or software controlled
> hardware removal while it performs a sequence of operations.

BTW, per-cpu rwlocks use spinlocks underneath, so they can be used only
in atomic contexts (you can't sleep holding this lock). So that would
probably make it less attractive or useless to "heavy-weight" usecases
like the latter one you mentioned. They probably need to use per-cpu
rw-semaphore or some such, which allows sleeping. I'm not very certain
of the exact usecases you are talking about, but I just wanted to
point out that percpu-rwlocks might not be applicable to many scenarios.
..(which might be a good thing, considering its unfair property today).

Srivatsa S. Bhat

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