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Subject[PATCH] softirq: don't push timer softirq handling to ksoftirqd
Require TIMER_SOFTIRQ to be handled immediately instead of delaying until
ksoftirqd runs, thus preventing problems with reading clocksources that
wrap often (e.g. acpi_pm).

If acpi_pm is used as the clocksource watchdog, and machine is under heavy
load, the time period for the watchdog check may be significantly longer
than the requested 0.5 seconds. If the watchdog check is delayed by 2
seconds (observed behavior), then acpi_pm time delta will be

2.5 sec * 3579545 ticks/sec = 8948863 = 0x888c3f

which will be treated as negative (since acpi_pm is only 24-bits wide) and
truncated to 0. This behavior will cause tsc to be incorrectly declared
unstable in clocksource_watchdog(), as it no longer agrees with acpi_pm.
If the clocksource watchdog check is delayed by more than 4.7 sec, then the
acpi_pm clocksource will wrap altogether and produce incorrect time delta.

The likely cause of this delay is that timer interrupts are serviced in
ksoftirqd when the machine is very busy.

Per Linus' comment in commit 3c53776e29f8 ("Mark HI and TASKLET softirq
We should probably also consider the timer softirqs to be synchronous
and not be delayed to ksoftirqd (since they were the issue with the
earlier watchdog problems), but that should be done as a separate patch.

Signed-off-by: Michael Zhivich <>
kernel/softirq.c | 3 ++-
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/kernel/softirq.c b/kernel/softirq.c
index d28813306b2c..6d517ce0fba8 100644
--- a/kernel/softirq.c
+++ b/kernel/softirq.c
@@ -82,7 +82,8 @@ static void wakeup_softirqd(void)
* right now. Let ksoftirqd handle this at its own rate, to get fairness,
* unless we're doing some of the synchronous softirqs.
static bool ksoftirqd_running(unsigned long pending)
struct task_struct *tsk = __this_cpu_read(ksoftirqd);
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