Re: [PATCH v6 2/3] percpu: add PERCPU_ATOM_SIZE for a generic percpu area setup

From: Catalin Marinas
Date: Mon Nov 02 2015 - 12:35:29 EST

On Mon, Nov 02, 2015 at 10:48:17AM -0600, Christoph Lameter wrote:
> On Mon, 2 Nov 2015, Catalin Marinas wrote:
> > I haven't looked at the patch 3/3 in detail but I'm pretty sure I'll NAK
> > the approach (and the definition of PERCPU_ATOM_SIZE), therefore
> > rendering this patch unnecessary. IIUC, this is used to enforce some
> > alignment of the per-CPU IRQ stack to be able to check whether the
> > current stack is process or IRQ on exception entry. But there are other,
> > less intrusive ways to achieve the same (e.g. x86).
> The percpu allocator allows the specification of alignment requirements.

Patch 3/3 does something like this:

DEFINE_PER_CPU(char [IRQ_STACK_SIZE], irq_stacks) __aligned(IRQ_STACK_SIZE)

where IRQ_STACK_SIZE > PAGE_SIZE. AFAICT, setup_per_cpu_areas() doesn't
guarantee alignment greater than PAGE_SIZE.

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