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SubjectRe: rcu-bh design
Hi Steven,
Just for a warning/disclaimer, I am new to RCU-land and trying to make
sense ;-) So forgive me if something sounds too outlandish.

On Fri, May 4, 2018 at 9:30 AM Steven Rostedt <> wrote:

> On Fri, 04 May 2018 16:20:11 +0000
> Joel Fernandes <> wrote:

> > Hi Paul, everyone,
> >
> > I had some question(s) about rcu-bh design.
> > I am trying to understand the reasoning or need of it. I see that rcu-bh
> > will disable softirqs across read-side sections. But I am wondering why
> > this is needed. __do_softirq already disables softirq when a softirq
> > handler is running. The only reason I can see is, rcu-bh helps in
> > situations where - a softirq interrupts a preemptible RCU read-section
> > prevents that read section from completing. But this problem would
> > if anyone where to use rcu-preempt - then does rcu-preempt even make
> > to use and shouldn't everyone be using rcu-bh?

> I thought rcu-bh uses softirqs as a quiescent state. Thus, blocking
> softirqs from happening makes sense. I don't think an
> rcu_read_lock_bh() makes sense in a softirq.


> >
> > The other usecase for rcu-bh seems to be if context-switch is used as a
> > quiescent state, then softirq flood can prevent that from happening and
> > cause rcu grace periods from completing.

> > But preemptible RCU *does not* use context-switch as a quiescent state.

> It doesn't?

I thought that's what preemptible rcu is about. You can get preempted but
you shouldn't block in a read-section. Is that not true?

> > So in that case rcu-bh would make
> > sense only in a configuration where we're not using preemptible-rcu at
> > and are getting flooded by softirqs. Is that the reason rcu-bh needs to
> > exist?

> Maybe I'm confused by what you are asking.

Sorry for any confusion. I was going through the below link for motivation
of rcu-bh and why it was created:

I was asking why rcu-bh is needed in the kernel, like why can't we just use
rcu-preempt. As per above link, the motivation of rcu-bh was to prevent
denial of service during heavy softirq load. I was trying to understand
that usecase. In my mind, such denial of service / out of memory is then
even possible with preemptible rcu which is used in many places in the
kernel, then why not just use rcu-bh for everything? I was just studying
this RCU flavor (and all other RCU flavors) and so this question popped up.


- Joel

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