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SubjectRe: Confused about hlist_unhashed_lockless()
On Mon, Feb 03, 2020 at 04:02:28PM +0000, Will Deacon wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 03, 2020 at 07:58:39AM -0800, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> > On Mon, Feb 03, 2020 at 03:45:54PM +0000, David Laight wrote:
> > > From: Eric Dumazet
> > > > Sent: 31 January 2020 18:53
> > > >
> > > > On Fri, Jan 31, 2020 at 10:48 AM Eric Dumazet <edumazet@google.com> wrote:
> > > > >
> > > >
> > > > > This is nice, now with have data_race()
> > > > >
> > > > > Remember these patches were sent 2 months ago, at a time we were
> > > > > trying to sort out things.
> > > > >
> > > > > data_race() was merged a few days ago.
> > > >
> > > > Well, actually data_race() is not there yet anyway.
> > >
> > > Shouldn't it be NO_DATA_RACE() ??
> >
> > No, because you use data_race() when there really are data races, but you
> > want KCSAN to ignore them. For example, diagnostic code that doesn't
> > participate in the actual concurrency design and that doesn't run all
> > that often might use data_race(). For another example, if a developer
> > knew that data races existed, but that the compiler could not reasonably
> > do anything untoward with those data races, that developer might well
> > choose to use data_race() instead of READ_ONCE(). Especially if the
> > access in question was on a fastpath where helpful compiler optimizations
> > would be prohibited by use of READ_ONCE().
>
> Yes, and in this particular case I think we can remove some WRITE_ONCE()s
> from the non-RCU hlist code too (similarly for hlist_nulls).

Quite possibly, but we should take them case by case. READ_ONCE()
really does protect against some optimizations, while data_race() does
not at all.

But yes, in some cases you want to -avoid- using READ_ONCE() and
WRITE_ONCE() so that KCSAN can do its job. For example, given a per-CPU
variable that is only supposed to be accessed from the corresponding CPU
except for reads by diagnostic code, you should have the main algorithm
use plain C-language reads and writes, and have the diagnostic code
use data_race(). This allows KCSAN to correctly flag bugs that access
this per-CPU variable off-CPU while leaving the diagnostic code alone.

Seem reasonable?

Thanx, Paul

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