Re: [GIT PULL rcu/next] rcu commits for 2.6.40

From: Paul E. McKenney
Date: Mon May 16 2011 - 17:24:56 EST

On Mon, May 16, 2011 at 02:23:29PM +0200, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> * Ingo Molnar <mingo@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > In the meantime, would you be willing to try out the patch at
> > > This patch helped out Yinghai in
> > > several configurations.
> >
> > Wasn't this the one i tested - or is it a new iteration?
> >
> > I'll try it in any case.
> oh, this was a new iteration, mea culpa!
> And yes, it solves all problems for me as well. Mind pushing it as a fix? :-)


Unfortunately, the only reason I can see that it works is (1) there
is some obscure bug in my code or (2) someone somewhere is failing to
call irq_exit() on some interrupt-exit path. Much as I might be tempted
to paper this one over, I believe that we do need to find whatever the
underlying bug is.

Oh, yes, there is option (3) as well: maybe if an interrupt deschedules
a process, the final irq_exit() is omitted in favor of rcu_enter_nohz()?
But I couldn't see any evidence of this in my admittedly cursory scan
of the x86 interrupt-handling code.

So until I learn differently, I am assuming that each and every
irq_enter() has a matching call to irq_exit(), and that rcu_enter_nohz()
is called after the final irq_exit() of a given burst of interrupts.

If my assumptions are mistaken, please do let me know!

Thanx, Paul
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