linux-next ppc64: RCU mods cause __might_sleep BUGs

Paul E. McKenney paulmck at
Thu May 3 10:14:33 EST 2012

On Wed, May 02, 2012 at 03:54:24PM -0700, Hugh Dickins wrote:
> On Wed, May 2, 2012 at 2:54 PM, Paul E. McKenney
> <paulmck at> wrote:
> > On Thu, May 03, 2012 at 07:20:15AM +1000, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> >> On Wed, 2012-05-02 at 13:25 -0700, Hugh Dickins wrote:
> >> > Got it at last.  Embarrassingly obvious.  __rcu_read_lock() and
> >> > __rcu_read_unlock() are not safe to be using __this_cpu operations,
> >> > the cpu may change in between the rmw's read and write: they should
> >> > be using this_cpu operations (or, I put preempt_disable/enable in the
> >> > __rcu_read_unlock below).  __this_cpus there work out fine on x86,
> >> > which was given good instructions to use; but not so well on PowerPC.
> >> >
> >> > I've been running successfully for an hour now with the patch below;
> >> > but I expect you'll want to consider the tradeoffs, and may choose a
> >> > different solution.
> >>
> >> Didn't Linus recently rant about these __this_cpu vs this_cpu nonsense ?
> >>
> >> I thought that was going out..
> >
> > Linus did rant about __raw_get_cpu_var() because it cannot use the x86
> > %fs segement overrides a bit more than a month ago.  The __this_cpu
> > stuff is useful if you have preemption disabled -- avoids the extra
> > layer of preempt_disable().
> >
> > Or was this a different rant?
> I think it ended up with Christoph removing the more egregious
> variants, but this_cpu_that and __this_cpu_the_other remaining.

Ah, thank you for the pointer.

It would be nice to have the CPU transparency of x86 on other
architectures, but from what I can see, that would require dedicating
a register to this purpose -- and even then requires that the arch
have indexed addressing modes.  There are some other approaches, for
example, having __this_cpu_that() be located at a special address that
the scheduler treated as implicitly preempt_disable().  Or I suppose
that the arch-specific trap-handling code could fake it.  A little
bit messy, but the ability to access a given CPU's per-CPU variable
while running on that CPU does appear to have at least a couple of
uses -- inlining RCU and also making preempt_disable() use per-CPU

In any case, I must confess that I feel quite silly about my series
of patches.  I have reverted them aside from a couple that did useful
optimizations, and they should show up in -next shortly.

							Thanx, Paul

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