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Subject[PATCH tip/core/rcu 3/5] rcu: React to callback overload by boosting RCU readers
From: "Paul E. McKenney" <>

RCU priority boosting currently is not applied until the grace period
is at least 250 milliseconds old (or the number of milliseconds specified
by the CONFIG_RCU_BOOST_DELAY Kconfig option). Although this has worked
well, it can result in OOM under conditions of RCU callback flooding.
One can argue that the real-time systems using RCU priority boosting
should carefully avoid RCU callback flooding, but one can just as well
argue that an OOM is a rather obnoxious error message.

This commit therefore disables the RCU priority boosting delay when
there are excessive numbers of callbacks queued.

Signed-off-by: Paul E. McKenney <>
kernel/rcu/tree_plugin.h | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/kernel/rcu/tree_plugin.h b/kernel/rcu/tree_plugin.h
index 0be8fad..4d4637c 100644
--- a/kernel/rcu/tree_plugin.h
+++ b/kernel/rcu/tree_plugin.h
@@ -1079,7 +1079,7 @@ static void rcu_initiate_boost(struct rcu_node *rnp, unsigned long flags)
(rnp->gp_tasks != NULL &&
rnp->boost_tasks == NULL &&
rnp->qsmask == 0 &&
- ULONG_CMP_GE(jiffies, rnp->boost_time))) {
+ (ULONG_CMP_GE(jiffies, rnp->boost_time) || rcu_state.cbovld))) {
if (rnp->exp_tasks == NULL)
rnp->boost_tasks = rnp->gp_tasks;
raw_spin_unlock_irqrestore_rcu_node(rnp, flags);
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