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Subject[PATCH v2 0/2] smp: don't kick CPUs running idle or nohz_full tasks
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kick_all_cpus_sync() is used to broadcast IPIs to all online CPUs to force
them synchronize caches, TLB etc. It is called only 3 times - from mm/slab
arm64 and powerpc code.

We can delay synchronization work for CPUs in extended quiescent state
(idle or nohz_full userspace).

As Paul E. McKenney wrote:

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Currently, IPIs are used to force other CPUs to invalidate their TLBs
in response to a kernel virtual-memory mapping change. This works, but
degrades both battery lifetime (for idle CPUs) and real-time response
(for nohz_full CPUs), and in addition results in unnecessary IPIs due to
the fact that CPUs executing in usermode are unaffected by stale kernel
mappings. It would be better to cause a CPU executing in usermode to
wait until it is entering kernel mode to do the flush, first to avoid
interrupting usemode tasks and second to handle multiple flush requests
with a single flush in the case of a long-running user task.

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v2 is big rework to address comments in v1:
- rcu_eqs_special() declaration in public header is dropped, it is not
used in new implementation. Though, I hope Paul will pick it in his
tree;
- for arm64, few isb() added to ensure kernel text synchronization
(patches 1-4);
- rcu_get_eqs_cpus() introduced and used to mask EQS CPUs before
generating broadcast IPIs;
- RCU_DYNTICK_CTRL_MASK is not touched because memory barrier is
implicitly issued in EQS exit path;
- powerpc is not an exception anymore. I think it's safe to delay
synchronization for it as well, and I didn't get comments from ppc
community.
v1:
https://lkml.org/lkml/2018/3/25/109

Based on next-20180405

Yury Norov (5):
arm64: entry: isb in el1_irq
arm64: entry: introduce restore_syscall_args macro
arm64: ISB early at exit from extended quiescent state
rcu: arm64: add rcu_dynticks_eqs_exit_sync()
smp: Lazy synchronization for EQS CPUs in kick_all_cpus_sync()

arch/arm64/kernel/Makefile | 2 ++
arch/arm64/kernel/entry.S | 52 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++--------------
arch/arm64/kernel/process.c | 7 ++++++
arch/arm64/kernel/rcu.c | 8 +++++++
include/linux/rcutiny.h | 2 ++
include/linux/rcutree.h | 1 +
kernel/rcu/tiny.c | 9 ++++++++
kernel/rcu/tree.c | 27 +++++++++++++++++++++++
kernel/smp.c | 21 +++++++++++-------
9 files changed, 105 insertions(+), 24 deletions(-)
create mode 100644 arch/arm64/kernel/rcu.c

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2.14.1

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