[PATCH 4.11 15/78] drm/i915: Do not sync RCU during shrinking

From: Greg Kroah-Hartman
Date: Mon Jun 19 2017 - 11:17:07 EST

4.11-stable review patch. If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Joonas Lahtinen <joonas.lahtinen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

commit 4681ee21d62cfed4364e09ec50ee8e88185dd628 upstream.

Due to the complex dependencies between workqueues and RCU, which
are not easily detected by lockdep, do not synchronize RCU during

On low-on-memory systems (mem=1G for example), the RCU sync leads
to all system workqueus freezing and unrelated lockdep splats are
displayed according to reports. GIT bisecting done by J. R.
Okajima points to the commit where RCU syncing was extended.

RCU sync gains us very little benefit in real life scenarios
where the amount of memory used by object backing storage is
dominant over the metadata under RCU, so drop it altogether.

" Yeeeaah, if core could just, go ahead and reclaim RCU
queues, that'd be great. "

- Chris Wilson, 2016 (0eafec6d3244)

v2: More information to commit message.
v3: Remove "grep _rcu_" escapee from i915_gem_shrink_all (Andrea)

Fixes: c053b5a506d3 ("drm/i915: Don't call synchronize_rcu_expedited under struct_mutex")
Suggested-by: Chris Wilson <chris@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Reported-by: J. R. Okajima <hooanon05g@xxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Joonas Lahtinen <joonas.lahtinen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Reviewed-by: Chris Wilson <chris@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Tested-by: Hugh Dickins <hughd@xxxxxxxxxx>
Tested-by: Andrea Arcangeli <aarcange@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Chris Wilson <chris@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Tvrtko Ursulin <tvrtko.ursulin@xxxxxxxxx>
Cc: J. R. Okajima <hooanon05g@xxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Andrea Arcangeli <aarcange@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Hugh Dickins <hughd@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Jani Nikula <jani.nikula@xxxxxxxxx>
(cherry picked from commit 73cc0b9aa9afa5ba65d92e46ded61d29430d72a4)
Signed-off-by: Jani Nikula <jani.nikula@xxxxxxxxx>
Link: http://patchwork.freedesktop.org/patch/msgid/1495097379-573-1-git-send-email-joonas.lahtinen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

drivers/gpu/drm/i915/i915_gem_shrinker.c | 5 -----
1 file changed, 5 deletions(-)

--- a/drivers/gpu/drm/i915/i915_gem_shrinker.c
+++ b/drivers/gpu/drm/i915/i915_gem_shrinker.c
@@ -59,9 +59,6 @@ static void i915_gem_shrinker_unlock(str

- /* expedite the RCU grace period to free some request slabs */
- synchronize_rcu_expedited();

static bool any_vma_pinned(struct drm_i915_gem_object *obj)
@@ -271,8 +268,6 @@ unsigned long i915_gem_shrink_all(struct
- synchronize_rcu(); /* wait for our earlier RCU delayed slab frees */
return freed;