[PATCH 1/2] hrtimer: Consider preemption when migrating hrtimer cpu_bases

From: Michael Bohan
Date: Wed Apr 10 2013 - 17:08:47 EST

When switching to a new cpu_base in switch_hrtimer_base(), we
briefly enable preemption by unlocking the cpu_base lock in two
places. During this interval it's possible for the running thread
to be swapped to a different CPU.

Consider the following example:

CPU #0 CPU #1
---- ----
hrtimer_start() ...
this_cpu = 0;
target_cpu_base = 0;
<migrate to CPU 1>
... this_cpu == 0
cpu == this_cpu
timer->base = CPU #0
timer->base != LOCAL_CPU

Since the cached this_cpu is no longer accurate, we'll skip the
hrtimer_check_target() check. Once we eventually go to program
the hardware, we'll decide not to do so since it knows the real
CPU that we're running on is not the same as the chosen base. As
a consequence, we may end up missing the hrtimer's deadline.

Fix this by updating the local CPU number each time we retake a
cpu_base lock in switch_hrtimer_base().

Another possibility is to disable preemption across the whole of
switch_hrtimer_base. This looks suboptimal since preemption
would be disabled while waiting for lock(s).

Signed-off-by: Michael Bohan <mbohan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
kernel/hrtimer.c | 4 +++-
1 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/hrtimer.c b/kernel/hrtimer.c
index cc47812..3f0bce9 100644
--- a/kernel/hrtimer.c
+++ b/kernel/hrtimer.c
@@ -225,10 +225,12 @@ again:

+ this_cpu = smp_processor_id();
if (cpu != this_cpu && hrtimer_check_target(timer, new_base)) {
- cpu = this_cpu;
+ cpu = smp_processor_id();
timer->base = base;
goto again;
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