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From: "Paul E. McKenney" <paulmck@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
To: Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org>
Cc: linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, mingo@elte.hu,
	laijs@cn.fujitsu.com, dipankar@in.ibm.com,
	akpm@linux-foundation.org, mathieu.desnoyers@polymtl.ca,
	josh@joshtriplett.org, niv@us.ibm.com, tglx@linutronix.de,
	rostedt@goodmis.org, Valdis.Kletnieks@vt.edu,
	dhowells@redhat.com, eric.dumazet@gmail.com, darren@dvhart.com,
	fweisbec@gmail.com, sbw@mit.edu, patches@linaro.org,
	"Paul E. McKenney" <paul.mckenney@linaro.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH tip/core/rcu 03/15] rcu: Properly initialize ->boost_tasks on CPU offline
Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2012 13:58:56 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20120906205856.GA2448@linux.vnet.ibm.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <1346942438.18408.27.camel@twins>

On Thu, Sep 06, 2012 at 04:40:38PM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Thu, 2012-08-30 at 11:56 -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> > When rcu_preempt_offline_tasks() clears tasks from a leaf rcu_node
> > structure, it does not NULL out the structure's ->boost_tasks field.
> > This commit therefore fixes this issue. 
> 
> What would have been the side-effects of this? Would rcu-boosting have
> been able to go funny on hotplug, and if so, how?

In some circumstances, this could prevent any future RCU boosting.
The ->boost_tasks field would be non-NULL, so it wouldn't ever try
boosting again, having been fooled into thinking that the previous
boost attempt was still in progress.

The expected segfault is prevented by the fact that an attempt to
initiate a boost first checks for ->boost_tasks being non-NULL,
and if so, declines to wake up the RCU-boost kthread.

							Thanx, Paul


  reply	other threads:[~2012-09-06 20:59 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 86+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2012-08-30 18:56 [PATCH tip/core/rcu 0/15] Miscellaneous fixes Paul E. McKenney
2012-08-30 18:56 ` [PATCH tip/core/rcu 01/15] rcu: Add PROVE_RCU_DELAY to provoke difficult races Paul E. McKenney
2012-08-30 18:56   ` [PATCH tip/core/rcu 02/15] rcu: Pull TINY_RCU dyntick-idle tracing into non-idle region Paul E. McKenney
2012-08-31 16:53     ` Josh Triplett
2012-08-30 18:56   ` [PATCH tip/core/rcu 03/15] rcu: Properly initialize ->boost_tasks on CPU offline Paul E. McKenney
2012-08-31 17:56     ` Josh Triplett
2012-09-06 14:40     ` Peter Zijlstra
2012-09-06 20:58       ` Paul E. McKenney [this message]
2012-08-30 18:56   ` [PATCH tip/core/rcu 04/15] rcu: Permit RCU_NONIDLE() to be used from interrupt context Paul E. McKenney
2012-08-31 18:00     ` Josh Triplett
2012-09-04 22:33       ` Paul E. McKenney
2012-09-04 22:48         ` Josh Triplett
2012-09-04 22:51         ` Steven Rostedt
2012-09-04 23:08           ` Josh Triplett
2012-09-04 23:23             ` Steven Rostedt
2012-09-04 23:33               ` Josh Triplett
2012-09-04 23:43                 ` Paul E. McKenney
2012-09-06 18:54                   ` Josh Triplett
2012-09-06 19:54                     ` Steven Rostedt
2012-09-07  6:09                       ` Josh Triplett
2012-09-07 14:24                         ` Paul E. McKenney
2012-09-07 14:47                           ` Josh Triplett
2012-09-07 15:16                             ` Steven Rostedt
2012-09-12  1:07                               ` Paul E. McKenney
2012-09-12 14:13                                 ` Steven Rostedt
2012-09-12 15:03                                   ` Paul E. McKenney
2012-09-12 15:18                                     ` Steven Rostedt
2012-09-12 16:57                                       ` Paul E. McKenney
2012-09-04 23:46                 ` Steven Rostedt
2012-09-05  0:42                   ` Josh Triplett
2012-09-05  6:23                   ` [PATCH] trace: Don't declare trace_*_rcuidle functions in modules Josh Triplett
2012-09-05 14:26                     ` Mathieu Desnoyers
2012-09-05 16:36                     ` Paul E. McKenney
2012-09-06 19:49                     ` Steven Rostedt
2012-09-14  6:07                     ` [tip:core/rcu] trace: Don' t " tip-bot for Josh Triplett
2012-09-04 23:14           ` [PATCH tip/core/rcu 04/15] rcu: Permit RCU_NONIDLE() to be used from interrupt context Paul E. McKenney
2012-08-30 18:56   ` [PATCH tip/core/rcu 05/15] rcu: Improve boost selection when moving tasks to root rcu_node Paul E. McKenney
2012-08-31 18:09     ` Josh Triplett
2012-08-30 18:56   ` [PATCH tip/core/rcu 06/15] rcu: Make offline-CPU checking allow for indefinite delays Paul E. McKenney
2012-08-31 18:12     ` Josh Triplett
2012-08-30 18:56   ` [PATCH tip/core/rcu 07/15] rcu: Fix obsolete rcu_initiate_boost() header comment Paul E. McKenney
2012-08-31 18:13     ` Josh Triplett
2012-08-30 18:56   ` [PATCH tip/core/rcu 08/15] rcu: Apply for_each_rcu_flavor() to increment_cpu_stall_ticks() Paul E. McKenney
2012-08-31 18:15     ` Josh Triplett
2012-09-04 22:44       ` Paul E. McKenney
2012-08-30 18:56   ` [PATCH tip/core/rcu 09/15] rcu: Avoid rcu_print_detail_task_stall_rnp() segfault Paul E. McKenney
2012-08-31 18:19     ` Josh Triplett
2012-09-04 22:46       ` Paul E. McKenney
2012-09-04 22:55         ` Josh Triplett
2012-08-30 18:56   ` [PATCH tip/core/rcu 10/15] rcu: Protect rcu_node accesses during CPU stall warnings Paul E. McKenney
2012-08-31 18:23     ` Josh Triplett
2012-09-04 22:51       ` Paul E. McKenney
2012-09-06 14:51     ` Peter Zijlstra
2012-09-06 21:01       ` Paul E. McKenney
2012-08-30 18:56   ` [PATCH tip/core/rcu 11/15] rcu: Avoid spurious RCU " Paul E. McKenney
2012-08-31 18:24     ` Josh Triplett
2012-09-06 14:56     ` Peter Zijlstra
2012-09-06 15:07       ` Steven Rostedt
2012-09-06 15:19         ` Peter Zijlstra
2012-09-06 21:03           ` Paul E. McKenney
2012-09-06 21:41             ` Steven Rostedt
2012-09-06 21:58               ` Paul E. McKenney
2012-09-06 22:05                 ` Steven Rostedt
2012-09-06 22:22                   ` Paul E. McKenney
2012-09-07  7:00                     ` Peter Zijlstra
2012-09-07 14:42                       ` Steven Rostedt
2012-08-30 18:56   ` [PATCH tip/core/rcu 12/15] rcu: Remove redundant memory barrier from __call_rcu() Paul E. McKenney
2012-08-31 18:30     ` Josh Triplett
2012-08-31 18:40       ` Josh Triplett
2012-08-30 18:56   ` [PATCH tip/core/rcu 13/15] rcu: Move TINY_PREEMPT_RCU away from raw_local_irq_save() Paul E. McKenney
2012-08-31 18:34     ` Josh Triplett
2012-09-04 23:03       ` Paul E. McKenney
2012-08-30 18:56   ` [PATCH tip/core/rcu 14/15] time: RCU permitted to stop idle entry via softirq Paul E. McKenney
2012-08-31 18:51     ` Josh Triplett
2012-09-06 15:12     ` Peter Zijlstra
2012-09-06 21:35       ` Paul E. McKenney
2012-09-06 21:57         ` Steven Rostedt
2012-09-06 22:11           ` Paul E. McKenney
2012-08-30 18:56   ` [PATCH tip/core/rcu 15/15] kmemleak: Replace list_for_each_continue_rcu with new interface Paul E. McKenney
2012-08-31 18:55     ` Josh Triplett
2012-09-04 23:41       ` Paul E. McKenney
2012-08-31 16:49   ` [PATCH tip/core/rcu 01/15] rcu: Add PROVE_RCU_DELAY to provoke difficult races Josh Triplett
2012-09-04 22:36     ` Paul E. McKenney
2012-09-06 14:38   ` Peter Zijlstra
2012-09-06 20:51     ` Paul E. McKenney
2012-09-07  6:54       ` Peter Zijlstra

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