Re: [RFC][RT][PATCH 4/4] rtmutex: Ensure only the top waiter or higherpriority task can take the lock

From: Lai Jiangshan
Date: Wed Jan 05 2011 - 02:11:40 EST

On 01/04/2011 12:02 PM, Steven Rostedt wrote:
> On Thu, 2010-12-23 at 17:47 -0500, Steven Rostedt wrote:
>> plain text document attachment
>> (0004-rtmutex-Ensure-only-the-top-waiter-or-higher-priorit.patch)
>> From: Lai Jiangshan <laijs@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> In current rtmutex, the pending owner may be boosted by the tasks
>> in the rtmutex's waitlist when the pending owner is deboosted
>> or a task in the waitlist is boosted. This boosting is unrelated,
>> because the pending owner does not really take the rtmutex.
>> It is not reasonable.
> I'm still hitting some bugs with the port to -rt, but I also noticed
> something that doesn't look too good.
> There's several places in the kernel where a task may release and
> acquire the same lock multiple times in a row.
> The old way of removing the pending owner from the lists and waking it
> up once, would have the high prio task wake it up once, and then it can
> grab the locks multiple times without modifying the list, since the
> pending owner is already awake and not in the pi list anymore.
> The new way has the owner remove the woken task from its pi list and
> wakes it up, but when it steals the lock again, it adds this owner back
> to its pi list. When it releases the lock, it wakes it up again and
> removes it from its pi list again. This happens over and over again.

It is a expected behavior. With this behavior: we can assume that
if a lock has waiter(s), the top waiter is always on the owner's pi list
and the owner gets/(will get) boosted from it.

This simplifies the code and the logic. But performance is more important,
I will send 2 patches for it in this weekend.

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