Re: NMI for ARC

From: Andy Lutomirski
Date: Thu Sep 29 2016 - 13:30:34 EST

On Sep 28, 2016 6:20 PM, "Vineet Gupta" <vgupta@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 09/28/2016 03:26 PM, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> >> Right, so what I think Vineet is asking is if we need to disable NMIs as
> >> > well, we cannot on x86 disable NMIs so no.
> >> >
> > The same argument works here, too: an NMI won't set TIF_NEED_RESCHED
> > without sending an IPI, so we can't miss a wakeup.
> But what exact wakeup miss are we taking about here. If intr were NOT disabled,
> how could this happen. Just trying to understand the need for "irqs-disabled" in
> resume_{user,kernel}_*
> The intr disabled before reg file restore makes complete sense though.

An interrupt after the TIF_NEED_RESCHED check could set
TIF_NEED_RESCHED (because it woke a waiting task), and the resume code
wouldn't notice. No IPI would be sent because TIF_NEED_RESCHED on the
current task is supposed to be acted on in a timely manner without

More severe problems could happen. A signal could be queued or, on
x86, a return-to-usermode notifier could be set by KVM on a
preemptible kernel. The latter, if missed, will bring down the whole