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SubjectRe: [PATCH] cpuidle - fix lock contention in the idle path
On Wed, Dec 26, 2012 at 11:01:48AM +0100, Daniel Lezcano wrote:
> The commit bf4d1b5ddb78f86078ac6ae0415802d5f0c68f92 introduces
> a lock in the cpuidle_get_cpu_driver function. This function
> is used in the idle_call function.
>
> The problem is the contention with a large number of cpus because
> they try to access the idle routine at the same time.
>
> The lock could be safely removed because of how is used the
> cpuidle api. The cpuidle_register_driver is called first but
> until the cpuidle_register_device is not called we don't
> enter in the cpuidle idle call function because the device
> is not enabled.
>
> The cpuidle_unregister_driver function, leading the a NULL driver,
> is not called before the cpuidle_unregister_device.
>
> This is how is used the cpuidle api from the different drivers.
>
> However, a cleanup around the lock and a proper refcounting
> mechanism should be used to ensure the consistency in the api,
> like cpuidle_unregister_driver should failed if its refcounting
> is not 0.
>
> These modifications will need some code reorganization and rewrite
> which does not fit with a fix.

I agree.

> The following patch is a hot fix by returning to the initial behavior
> by removing the lock when getting the driver.

The patch fixes the problem. Verified on a system with 1024 cpus.
Thanks.

> Signed-off-by: Daniel Lezcano <daniel.lezcano@linaro.org>

Reported-by: Russ Anderson <rja@sgi.com>
Acked-by: Russ Anderson <rja@sgi.com>

> ---
> drivers/cpuidle/driver.c | 8 +-------
> 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 7 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/drivers/cpuidle/driver.c b/drivers/cpuidle/driver.c
> index 3af841f..c2b281a 100644
> --- a/drivers/cpuidle/driver.c
> +++ b/drivers/cpuidle/driver.c
> @@ -235,16 +235,10 @@ EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(cpuidle_get_driver);
> */
> struct cpuidle_driver *cpuidle_get_cpu_driver(struct cpuidle_device *dev)
> {
> - struct cpuidle_driver *drv;
> -
> if (!dev)
> return NULL;
>
> - spin_lock(&cpuidle_driver_lock);
> - drv = __cpuidle_get_cpu_driver(dev->cpu);
> - spin_unlock(&cpuidle_driver_lock);
> -
> - return drv;
> + return __cpuidle_get_cpu_driver(dev->cpu);
> }
> EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(cpuidle_get_cpu_driver);
>
> --
> 1.7.9.5

--
Russ Anderson, OS RAS/Partitioning Project Lead
SGI - Silicon Graphics Inc rja@sgi.com


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