Re: Softirq priority inversion from "softirq: reduce latencies"

From: Peter Hurley
Date: Mon Feb 29 2016 - 18:04:23 EST

On 02/29/2016 11:14 AM, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> On Mon, 29 Feb 2016, Peter Hurley wrote:
>> On 02/29/2016 10:24 AM, Eric Dumazet wrote:
>>>> Just to be clear
>>>> if (time_before(jiffies, end) && !need_resched() &&
>>>> --max_restart)
>>>> goto restart;
>>>> aborts softirq *even if 0ns have elapsed*, if NET_RX has woken a process.
>>> Sure, now remove the 1st and 2nd condition.
>> Well just removing the 2nd condition has everything working fine,
>> because that fixes the priority inversion.
> No. It does not fix anything. It hides the shortcomings of the driver.
>> However, when system resources are _not_ contended, it makes no
>> sense to be forced to revert to ksoftirqd resolution, which is strictly
>> intended as fallback.
> No. You claim it is simply because your driver does not handle that situation
> properly.
>> Or flipping your argument on its head, why not just _always_ execute
>> softirq in ksoftirqd?
> Which is what that change effectivley does. And that makes a lot of sense,
> because you get the softirq load under scheduler control and do not let the
> softirq run as a context stealing entity which is completely uncontrollable by
> the scheduler.

Ok, fair enough.

However, charging [in the scheduler sense] very lightweight DMA completion for
one subsystem collectively with very heavyweight NET_RX (doing garbage collection
in softirq!) is hardly ideal.

The alternative being threaded interrupt handlers (which are essentially treated
as 0.000000 scheduler cost).

I just want to make sure that's the conscious choice being made, when the
patches for converting from tasklet to threaded irq start hitting subsystem

Peter Hurley