Re: call_rcu from trace_preempt

From: Alexei Starovoitov
Date: Tue Jun 16 2015 - 20:33:39 EST

On 6/16/15 10:37 AM, Steven Rostedt wrote:
+ kfree(l);
>that's not right, since such thread defeats rcu protection of lookup.
>We need either kfree_rcu/call_rcu or synchronize_rcu.
>Obviously the former is preferred that's why I'm still digging into it.
>Probably a thread that does kfree_rcu would be ok, but we shouldn't
>be doing it unconditionally. For all networking programs and 99%
>of tracing programs the existing code is fine and I don't want to
>slow it down to tackle the corner case.
>Extra spin_lock just to add it to the list is also quite costly.
Use a irq_work() handler to do the kfree_rcu(), and use llist (lockless
list) to add items to the list.

have been studying irq_work and llist... it will work, but it's quite
costly too. Every kfree_rcu will be replaced with irq_work_queue(),
which is irq_work_claim() with one lock_cmpxchg plus another
lock_cmpxchg in llist_add, plus another lock_cmpxchg for our own llist
of 'to be kfree_rcu-ed htab elements'. That's a lot.
The must be better solution. Need to explore more.

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