[PATCH] nohz: fix stale jiffies update in tick_nohz_restart()

From: Neal Cardwell
Date: Tue Mar 27 2012 - 15:09:54 EST

Fix tick_nohz_restart() to not use a stale ktime_t "now" value when
calling tick_do_update_jiffies64(now).

If we reach this point in the loop it means that we crossed a tick
boundary since we grabbed the "now" timestamp, so at this point "now"
refers to a time in the old jiffy, so using the old value for "now" is
incorrect, and is likely to give us a stale jiffies value.

In particular, the first time through the loop the
tick_do_update_jiffies64(now) call is always a no-op, since the
caller, tick_nohz_restart_sched_tick(), will have already called
tick_do_update_jiffies64(now) with that "now" value.

Note that tick_nohz_stop_sched_tick() already uses the correct
approach: when we notice we cross a jiffy boundary, grab a new
timestamp with ktime_get(), and *then* update jiffies.

Signed-off-by: Neal Cardwell <ncardwell@xxxxxxxxxx>
CC: Ingo Molnar <mingo@xxxxxxx>
CC: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
kernel/time/tick-sched.c | 4 ++--
1 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/time/tick-sched.c b/kernel/time/tick-sched.c
index 3526038..6a3a5b9 100644
--- a/kernel/time/tick-sched.c
+++ b/kernel/time/tick-sched.c
@@ -534,9 +534,9 @@ static void tick_nohz_restart(struct tick_sched *ts, ktime_t now)
hrtimer_get_expires(&ts->sched_timer), 0))
- /* Update jiffies and reread time */
- tick_do_update_jiffies64(now);
+ /* Reread time and update jiffies */
now = ktime_get();
+ tick_do_update_jiffies64(now);


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