Re: [PATCH] io_uring: remove wait loop spurious wakeups

From: Pavel Begunkov
Date: Wed Oct 09 2019 - 05:19:40 EST

On 10/9/2019 5:54 AM, Jens Axboe wrote:
>>>>>> BTW, is there a reason for ref-counting in struct io_kiocb? I understand
>>>>>> the idea behind submission reference, but don't see any actual part
>>>>>> needing it.
>>>>> In short, it's to prevent the completion running before we're done with
>>>>> the iocb on the submission side.
>>>> Yep, that's what I expected. Perhaps I missed something, but what I've
>>>> seen following code paths all the way down, it either
>>>> 1. gets error / completes synchronously and then frees req locally
>>>> 2. or passes it further (e.g. async list) and never accesses it after
>>> As soon as the IO is passed on, it can complete. In fact, it can complete
>>> even _before_ that call returns. That's the issue. Obviously this isn't
>>> true for purely polled IO, but it is true for IRQ based IO.
>> And the idea was to not use io_kiocb after submission. Except when we know,
>> that it won't complete asynchronously (e.g. error), that could be checked
>> with return code, I guess.
> I think you're still missing the point. During the submission it can go
> away, it can be deep in a call chain. So it's not enough to say "we
> won't touch it after completion returns", we need to hold a reference to
> ensure it doesn't go away WHILE being submitted.
> Hope that helps!

Now I get it, thanks Jens!

Yours sincerely,
Pavel Begunkov