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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC] doc: rcu: remove obsolete (non-)requirement about disabling preemption
On Sun, Oct 14, 2018 at 07:33:28PM -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 14, 2018 at 07:13:49PM -0700, Joel Fernandes wrote:
> > On Sun, Oct 14, 2018 at 07:08:27PM -0700, Joel Fernandes wrote:
> > > On Sun, Oct 14, 2018 at 04:17:31PM -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> > > > On Sun, Oct 14, 2018 at 02:29:55PM -0700, Joel Fernandes (Google) wrote:
> > > > > The Requirements.html document says "Disabling Preemption Does Not Block
> > > > > Grace Periods". However this is no longer true with the RCU
> > > > > consolidation. Lets remove the obsolete (non-)requirement entirely.
> > > > >
> > > > > Signed-off-by: Joel Fernandes (Google) <joel@joelfernandes.org>
> > > >
> > > > Good catch, queued, thank you!
> > >
> > > Thanks! By the way after I sent the patch, I also tried Oleg's experiment to
> > > confirm that this is indeed obsolete. :)
> > >
> > > One thing interesting came up when I tried synchronize_rcu_expedited()
> > > instead of synchronize_rcu() in Oleg's experiment, I still saw a multiple
> > > millisecond delay between when the rcu read section completely and the
> > > synchronize_rcu_expedited returns:
> > >
> > > For example, with synchronize_rcu_expedited, the 'SPIN done' and the 'SYNC
> > > done' are about 3 millisecond apart:
> > > [ 77.599142] SPIN start
> > > [ 77.601595] SYNC start
> > > [ 82.604950] SPIN done!
> > > [ 82.607836] SYNC done!
> > > I saw anywhere from 2-6 milliseconds.
> > >
> > > The reason I bring this up is according to Requirements.html: In some cases,
> > > the multi-millisecond synchronize_rcu() latencies are unacceptable. In these
> > > cases, synchronize_rcu_expedited() may be used instead,.. so either I messed
> > > something up in the experiment, or I need to update this part of the document ;-)
>
> In normal testing, 2-6 milliseconds is indeed excessive. Could you please
> point me at Oleg's experiment? Also, what CONFIG_PREEMPT setting were
> you using? (My guess is CONFIG_PREEMPT=y.)

The CONFIG_PREEMPT config I am using is CONFIG_PREEMPT=y.

> > So I realized I'm running in Qemu so it could also be a scheduling delay of
> > the vcpu thread. So apologies about the noise if the experiment works fine
> > for you.
>
> I used rcuperf, which might not be doing the same thing as Oleg's
> experiment.

The experiment is mentioned at:
https://www.mail-archive.com/linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org/msg912055.html

If you apply the below diff, it applies cleanly on rcu/dev. And then run:
taskset 2 perl -e 'syscall 157, 666, 5000' &
taskset 1 perl -e 'syscall 157, 777'

diff --git a/kernel/sys.c b/kernel/sys.c
index cf5c67533ff1..b654b7566ca3 100644
--- a/kernel/sys.c
+++ b/kernel/sys.c
@@ -2261,6 +2261,9 @@ int __weak arch_prctl_spec_ctrl_set(struct task_struct *t, unsigned long which,
return -EINVAL;
}

+#include <linux/delay.h>
+
+
SYSCALL_DEFINE5(prctl, int, option, unsigned long, arg2, unsigned long, arg3,
unsigned long, arg4, unsigned long, arg5)
{
@@ -2274,6 +2277,19 @@ SYSCALL_DEFINE5(prctl, int, option, unsigned long, arg2, unsigned long, arg3,

error = 0;
switch (option) {
+ case 666:
+ preempt_disable();
+ pr_crit("SPIN start\n");
+ while (arg2--)
+ mdelay(1);
+ pr_crit("SPIN done!\n");
+ preempt_enable();
+ break;
+ case 777:
+ pr_crit("SYNC start\n");
+ synchronize_rcu();
+ pr_crit("SYNC done!\n");
+ break;
case PR_SET_PDEATHSIG:
if (!valid_signal(arg2)) {
error = -EINVAL;
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