Re: [PATCH 4/4] cpuset,mm: use rwlock to protect task->mempolicyand mems_allowed

From: Nick Piggin
Date: Wed Mar 03 2010 - 22:30:30 EST

On Wed, Mar 03, 2010 at 06:52:39PM +0800, Miao Xie wrote:
> if MAX_NUMNODES > BITS_PER_LONG, loading/storing task->mems_allowed or mems_allowed in
> task->mempolicy are not atomic operations, and the kernel page allocator gets an empty
> mems_allowed when updating task->mems_allowed or mems_allowed in task->mempolicy. So we
> use a rwlock to protect them to fix this probelm.

Thanks for working on this. However, rwlocks are pretty nasty to use
when you have short critical sections and hot read-side (they're twice
as heavy as even spinlocks in that case).

It's being used in the page allocator path, so I would say rwlocks are
almost a showstopper. Wouldn't it be possible to use a seqlock for this?
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