Re: [RFD/RFC PATCH 0/8] Towards implementing proxy execution

From: luca abeni
Date: Wed Oct 10 2018 - 07:34:30 EST

Hi all,

On Tue, 9 Oct 2018 11:24:26 +0200
Juri Lelli <juri.lelli@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi all,
> Proxy Execution (also goes under several other names) isn't a new
> concept, it has been mentioned already in the past to this community
> (both in email discussions and at conferences [1, 2]), but no actual
> implementation that applies to a fairly recent kernel exists as of
> today (of which I'm aware of at least - happy to be proven wrong).
> Very broadly speaking, more info below, proxy execution enables a task
> to run using the context of some other task that is "willing" to
> participate in the mechanism, as this helps both tasks to improve
> performance (w.r.t. the latter task not participating to proxy
> execution).

First of all, thanks to Juri for working on this!

I am looking at the patchset, and I have some questions / comments
(maybe some of my questions are really stupid, I do not know... :)

To begin, I have a very high-level comment about proxy execution: I
believe proxy execution is a very powerful concept, that can be used in
many cases, not only to do inheritance on mutual exclusion (think, for
example, about pipelines of tasks: a task implementing a stage of the
pipeline can act as a proxy for the task implementing the previous

So, I would propose to make the proxy() function of patch more generic,
and not strictly bound to mutexes. Maybe a task structure can contain a
list of tasks for which the task can act as a proxy, and we can have a
function like "I want to act as a proxy for task T" to be invoked when
a task blocks?