[PATCH 0/2] mwifiex: spinlock usage improvements

From: Brian Norris
Date: Tue Jun 04 2019 - 16:57:36 EST

This series follows up on some notes from this thread:

Subject: [4.20 PATCH] Revert "mwifiex: restructure rx_reorder_tbl_lock usage"

where Ganapathi suggested I send out my work. So here goes.

In particular, patch 1 is a step toward helping apply Ganapathi's
original "mwifiex: restructure rx_reorder_tbl_lock usage" solution
without regression, by logically separating the two operations (and
therefore, the locking patterns) involved in that deadlock. It doesn't
re-apply that change, nor does it 100% unblock such a solution, but at
least it's a step in the right direction, as I understand it.

Patch 2 is a change I noticed should be possible along the way. There
are a number of reasons we probably shouldn't be disabling hardirqs when
it's not necessary, but one funny side effect: bugs noticed in the above
"revert" patch would no longer happen. This is because
mwifiex_recv_packet() bases softirq decisions on in_interrupt() (see
description in include/linux/preempt.h), so it will automatically skip
softirq processing if we have BH disabled, but not if we only have hard
IRQs disabled. In other words, if we have such an incorrect nesting bug
in the future (this time with BH disabled), we will now skip softirq
processing and therefore sidestep this sort of bug. [1]

[Related note: softirq masking is weird:

It's also possible we can improve system responsiveness and
debuggability by keeping (hard) IRQs enabled more often, although I
didn't measure any particular effect here, and most of these contexts
should be rather quick.

I've done a variety of performance and stress tests for this series, on
both 8897/SDIO and 8997/PCIe, and I haven't seen any decrease in
performance or stability. Or, any change in performance appears to be
within the range of "noise".

I'd appreciate any testing others can do on this series though, as
Ganapathi did offer to try this out.


[1] Side note: the usage of 'in_interrupt()' in mwifiex_recv_packet() is
probably not really a good idea. But it does have a helpful side effect
for this particular sort of bug.

Brian Norris (2):
mwifiex: dispatch/rotate from reorder table atomically
mwifiex: don't disable hardirqs; just softirqs

drivers/net/wireless/marvell/mwifiex/11n.c | 53 +++-----
drivers/net/wireless/marvell/mwifiex/11n.h | 5 +-
.../net/wireless/marvell/mwifiex/11n_aggr.c | 24 ++--
.../wireless/marvell/mwifiex/11n_rxreorder.c | 125 ++++++++----------
.../net/wireless/marvell/mwifiex/cfg80211.c | 35 +++--
drivers/net/wireless/marvell/mwifiex/cmdevt.c | 76 +++++------
drivers/net/wireless/marvell/mwifiex/init.c | 32 ++---
drivers/net/wireless/marvell/mwifiex/main.c | 29 ++--
drivers/net/wireless/marvell/mwifiex/scan.c | 58 ++++----
.../wireless/marvell/mwifiex/sta_cmdresp.c | 5 +-
.../net/wireless/marvell/mwifiex/sta_event.c | 10 +-
drivers/net/wireless/marvell/mwifiex/tdls.c | 68 ++++------
drivers/net/wireless/marvell/mwifiex/txrx.c | 5 +-
.../net/wireless/marvell/mwifiex/uap_txrx.c | 10 +-
drivers/net/wireless/marvell/mwifiex/usb.c | 10 +-
drivers/net/wireless/marvell/mwifiex/util.c | 15 +--
drivers/net/wireless/marvell/mwifiex/wmm.c | 92 +++++--------
17 files changed, 269 insertions(+), 383 deletions(-)