Re: [PATCH 2/2] locking/rwsem: Use a return variable in rwsem_spin_on_owner()

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Thu Apr 09 2015 - 12:47:42 EST

On Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 12:53 AM, Ingo Molnar <mingo@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> The point is to generally unify the 'out' paths - i.e. to merge it
> with the rcu_read_unlock() as well, so that we have really simple
> gotos and only a single exit path.

Maybe just have the rcu read-locking be done in the *caller* (possibly
through using just a helper wrapper function that does nothing but the
locking), so that you can just do a simple "return false" in the
function itself.

That said, it worries me a bit that we do that spinning while holding
the RCU read lock in the first place. Yes, we stop spinning if
"need_resched()" is set, but what effect - if any - does all of this
have on RCU latency? If somebody is waiting for a RCU grace period,
I'm not seeing that setting need-resched...

At least with CONFIG_PREEMPT_RCU, the read-unlock is *not* just doing
a preempt-disable, so it's not necessarily just about need_resched().
It does all the magic with 'rcu_read_unlock_special.s' too..

Adding Paul. From a RCU locking standpoint, the thing is basically
(not the real code, edited down):

while (sem->owner == owner) {
if (!owner->on_cpu || need_resched())

so we busy-loop while holding the RCU read lock while

sem->owner == owner && owner->on_cpu && !need_resched()

is true. That is usually not very long, but we've already had
watchdogs go off when we get this wrong, so..

Paul, comments? Are there particular latency concerns wrt
CONFIG_PREEMPT_RCU here? Or am I just being silly?

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