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SubjectRe: [RFC v4 3/4] irqflags: Avoid unnecessary calls to trace_ if you can
On Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 02:27:08PM -0700, Joel Fernandes wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 24, 2018 at 9:20 PM, Paul E. McKenney
> <paulmck@linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:
> [..]
> >> >
> >> > Sounds good, thanks.
> >> >
> >> > Also I found the reason for my boot issue. It was because the
> >> > init_srcu_struct in the prototype was being done in an initcall.
> >> > Instead if I do it in start_kernel before the tracepoint is used, it
> >> > fixes it (although I don't know if this is dangerous to do like this
> >> > but I can get it to boot atleast.. Let me know if this isn't the
> >> > right way to do it, or if something else could go wrong)
> >> >
> >> > diff --git a/init/main.c b/init/main.c
> >> > index 34823072ef9e..ecc88319c6da 100644
> >> > --- a/init/main.c
> >> > +++ b/init/main.c
> >> > @@ -631,6 +631,7 @@ asmlinkage __visible void __init start_kernel(void)
> >> > WARN(!irqs_disabled(), "Interrupts were enabled early\n");
> >> > early_boot_irqs_disabled = false;
> >> >
> >> > + init_srcu_struct(&tracepoint_srcu);
> >> > lockdep_init_early();
> >> >
> >> > local_irq_enable();
> >> > --
> >> >
> >> > I benchmarked it and the performance also looks quite good compared
> >> > to the rcu tracepoint version.
> >> >
> >> > If you, Paul and other think doing the init_srcu_struct like this
> >> > should be Ok, then I can try to work more on your srcu prototype and
> >> > roll into my series and post them in the next RFC series (or let me
> >> > know if you wanted to work your srcu stuff in a separate series..).
> >>
> >> That is definitely not what I was expecting, but let's see if it works
> >> anyway... ;-)
> >>
> >> But first, I was instead expecting something like this:
> >>
> >> DEFINE_SRCU(tracepoint_srcu);
> >>
> >> With this approach, some of the initialization happens at compile time
> >> and the rest happens at the first call_srcu().
> >>
> >> This will work -only- if the first call_srcu() doesn't happen until after
> >> workqueue_init_early() has been invoked. Which I believe must have been
> >> the case in your testing, because otherwise it looks like __call_srcu()
> >> would have complained bitterly.
> >>
> >> On the other hand, if you need to invoke call_srcu() before the call
> >> to workqueue_init_early(), then you need the patch that I am beating
> >> into shape. Plus you would need to use DEFINE_SRCU() and to avoid
> >> invoking init_srcu_struct().
> >
> > And here is the patch. I do not intend to send it upstream unless it
> > actually proves necessary, and it appears that current SRCU does what
> > you need.
> >
> > You would only need this patch if you wanted to invoke call_srcu()
> > before workqueue_init_early() was called, which does not seem likely.
>
> Cool. So I was chatting with Paul and just to update everyone as well,
> I tried the DEFINE_SRCU instead of the late init_srcu_struct call and
> can make it past boot too (thanks Paul!). Also I don't see a reason we
> need the RCU callback to execute early and its fine if it runs later.

Very good, thank you!

> Also, I was thinking of introducing a separate trace_*event*_srcu API
> as a replacement to the _rcuidle API. Then I can make use of it for my
> tracepoints, and then later can use it for the other tracepoints
> needing _rcuidle. After that we can finally get rid of the _rcuidle
> API if there are no other users of it. This is just a rough plan, but
> let me know if there's any issue with this plan that you can think
> off.

You mean make _rcuidle use SRCU instead of RCU? Sounds reasonable to me.

> IMO, I believe its simpler if the caller worries about whether it can
> tolerate if tracepoint probes can block or not, than making it a
> property of the tracepoint. That would also simplify the patch to
> introduce srcu and keep the tracepoint creation API simple and less
> confusing, but let me know if I'm missing something about this.

If it helps, you can use synchronize_rcu_mult() to wait for several
different types of RCU grace periods concurrently. Of course,
if it is fast enough to just do a synchronize_rcu() followed by a
synchronize_srcu(), why worry?

Thanx, Paul

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