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SubjectRe: [PATCH] timers: Fix get_next_timer_interrupt() with no timers pending
On Fri, Jul 09, 2021 at 04:13:25PM +0200, Nicolas Saenz Julienne wrote:
> 31cd0e119d50 ("timers: Recalculate next timer interrupt only when
> necessary") subtly altered get_next_timer_interrupt()'s behaviour. The
> function no longer consistently returns KTIME_MAX with no timers
> pending.
>
> In order to decide if there are any timers pending we check whether the
> next expiry will happen NEXT_TIMER_MAX_DELTA jiffies from now.
> Unfortunately, the next expiry time and the timer base clock are no
> longer updated in unison. The former changes upon certain timer
> operations (enqueue, expire, detach), whereas the latter keeps track of
> jiffies as they move forward. Ultimately breaking the logic above.
>
> A simplified example:
>
> - Upon entering get_next_timer_interrupt() with:
>
> jiffies = 1
> base->clk = 0;
> base->next_expiry = NEXT_TIMER_MAX_DELTA;
>
> 'base->next_expiry == base->clk + NEXT_TIMER_MAX_DELTA', the function
> returns KTIME_MAX.
>
> - 'base->clk' is updated to the jiffies value.
>
> - The next time we enter get_next_timer_interrupt(), taking into account
> no timer operations happened:
>
> base->clk = 1;
> base->next_expiry = NEXT_TIMER_MAX_DELTA;
>
> 'base->next_expiry != base->clk + NEXT_TIMER_MAX_DELTA', the function
> returns a valid expire time, which is incorrect.
>
> This ultimately might unnecessarily rearm sched's timer on nohz_full
> setups, and add latency to the system[1].
>
> So, introduce 'base->timers_pending'[2], update it every time
> 'base->next_expiry' changes, and use it in get_next_timer_interrupt().
>
> [1] See tick_nohz_stop_tick().
> [2] A quick pahole check on x86_64 and arm64 shows it doesn't make
> 'struct timer_base' any bigger.
>
> Fixes: 31cd0e119d50 ("timers: Recalculate next timer interrupt only when necessary")
> Signed-off-by: Nicolas Saenz Julienne <nsaenzju@redhat.com>

He Zhe, does it fix your issue?

Thanks.

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