Re: [PATCH 1/2] nohz: Disable LOCKUP_DETECTOR when NO_HZ_FULL isenabled

From: Frederic Weisbecker
Date: Thu May 16 2013 - 07:38:21 EST

On Thu, May 16, 2013 at 10:10:27AM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Wed, May 15, 2013 at 01:04:01PM -0400, Steven Rostedt wrote:
> > On Wed, 2013-05-15 at 18:59 +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> >
> > > At which point we could run the watchdog without perf_event_task_tick().
> >
> > At which point we can drop the disable LOCKUP_DETECTOR when NO_HZ_FULL
> > is enabled ;-)
> >
> Can we? The thing I'm worried about is RCU (of course!). ISTR we rely on RCU
> working in NMI context. AFAIR for RCU to work, we need to come out of out magic
> NO_HZ state since that would've put RCU into EQS.
> Frederic, PaulMck?

But they are protected inside rcu_nmi_*() functions, that's the only thing we need.
If this interrupt userspace then we resume back to it quickly after the NMI and
re-enter EQS.

No need to restart the tick for that. A remote CPU that wants a quiescent state
from the dyntick CPU will notice soon enough the EQS.

We can certainly drop the perf tick for NMI watchdog:

1) As long as there are no flexible events competing on the CPU, no rotation
should be needed.

2) We don't want event throttling for the watchdog. There is even a hack to
handle that:

/* Callback function for perf event subsystem */
static void watchdog_overflow_callback(struct perf_event *event,
struct perf_sample_data *data,
struct pt_regs *regs)
/* Ensure the watchdog never gets throttled */
event->hw.interrupts = 0;
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