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SubjectRe: [PATCH -rcu dev 1/2] Revert b8c17e6664c4 ("rcu: Maintain special bits at bottom of ->dynticks counter")
On Fri, Sep 06, 2019 at 11:08:06AM -0400, Joel Fernandes wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 05, 2019 at 08:01:37PM -0400, Joel Fernandes wrote:
> [snip]
> > > > > @@ -3004,7 +3007,7 @@ static int rcu_pending(void)
> > > > > return 0;
> > > > >
> > > > > /* Is the RCU core waiting for a quiescent state from this CPU? */
> > > > > - if (rdp->core_needs_qs && !rdp->cpu_no_qs.b.norm)
> > > > > + if (READ_ONCE(rdp->core_needs_qs) && !rdp->cpu_no_qs.b.norm)
> > > > > return 1;
> > > > >
> > > > > /* Does this CPU have callbacks ready to invoke? */
> > > > > @@ -3244,7 +3247,6 @@ int rcutree_prepare_cpu(unsigned int cpu)
> > > > > rdp->gp_seq = rnp->gp_seq;
> > > > > rdp->gp_seq_needed = rnp->gp_seq;
> > > > > rdp->cpu_no_qs.b.norm = true;
> > > > > - rdp->core_needs_qs = false;
> > > >
> > > > How about calling the new hint-clearing function here as well? Just for
> > > > robustness and consistency purposes?
> > >
> > > This and the next function are both called during a CPU-hotplug online
> > > operation, so there is little robustness or consistency to be had by
> > > doing it twice.
> >
> > Ok, sorry I missed you are clearing it below in the next function. That's
> > fine with me.
> >
> > This patch looks good to me and I am Ok with merging of these changes into
> > the original patch with my authorship as you mentioned. Or if you wanted to
> > be author, that's fine too :)
>
> Paul, does it make sense to clear these urgency hints in rcu_qs() as well?
> After all, we are clearing atleast one urgency hint there: the
> rcu_read_unlock_special::need_qs bit.

We certainly don't want to turn off the scheduling-clock interrupt until
after the quiescent state has been reported to the RCU core. And it might
still be useful to have a heavy quiescent state because the grace-period
kthread can detect that. Just in case the CPU that just called rcu_qs()
is slow about actually reporting that quiescent state to the RCU core.

Thanx, Paul

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