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SubjectRe: [PATCH v1] mm/memory_hotplug: Don't take the cpu_hotplug_lock
On 26.09.19 15:02, Qian Cai wrote:
> On Thu, 2019-09-26 at 13:52 +0200, Michal Hocko wrote:
>> On Thu 26-09-19 07:19:27, Qian Cai wrote:
>>>> On Sep 26, 2019, at 3:26 AM, Michal Hocko <> wrote:
>>>> OK, this is using for_each_online_cpu but why is this a problem? Have
>>>> you checked what the code actually does? Let's say that online_pages is
>>>> racing with cpu hotplug. A new CPU appears/disappears from the online
>>>> mask while we are iterating it, right? Let's start with cpu offlining
>>>> case. We have two choices, either the cpu is still visible and we update
>>>> its local node configuration even though it will disappear shortly which
>>>> is ok because we are not touching any data that disappears (it's all
>>>> per-cpu). Case when the cpu is no longer there is not really
>>>> interesting. For the online case we might miss a cpu but that should be
>>>> tolerateable because that is not any different from triggering the
>>>> online independently of the memory hotplug. So there has to be a hook
>>>> from that code path as well. If there is none then this is buggy
>>>> irrespective of the locking.
>>>> Makes sense?
>>> This sounds to me requires lots of audits and testing. Also, someone who is more
>>> familiar with CPU hotplug should review this patch.
>> Thomas is on the CC list.
>>> Personally, I am no fun of
>>> operating on an incorrect CPU mask to begin with, things could go wrong really
>>> quickly...
>> Do you have any specific arguments? Just think of cpu and memory
>> hotplugs being independent operations. There is nothing really
>> inherently binding them together. If the cpu_online_mask really needs a
>> special treatment here then I would like to hear about that. Handwaving
>> doesn't really helps us.
> That is why I said it needs CPU hotplug experts to confirm that things including
> if CPU masks are tolerate to this kind of "abuse", or in-depth analysis of each
> calls sites that access CPU masks in both online_pages() and offline_pages() as
> well as ideally, more testing data in those areas.
> However, many kernel commits were merged with the expectations that people are
> going to deal with the aftermath, so I am not going to insist.

I am going to add documentation to build_all_zonelists() regarding
locking and the details we discussed.

Of course, I'll do more testing, and as Michal suggested, we should let
this "mature" in linux-next for some time.



David / dhildenb

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