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Subject[PATCH v9 1/6] MCS Lock: Barrier corrections
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From: Waiman Long <Waiman.Long@hp.com>

This patch corrects the way memory barriers are used in the MCS lock
with smp_load_acquire and smp_store_release fucnctions. The previous
barriers could leak critical sections if mcs lock is used by itself.
It is not a problem when mcs lock is embedded in mutex but will be an
issue when the mcs_lock is used elsewhere.

The patch removes the incorrect barriers and put in correct
barriers with the pair of functions smp_load_acquire and smp_store_release.

Suggested-by: Michel Lespinasse <walken@google.com>
Reviewed-by: Paul E. McKenney <paulmck@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
Signed-off-by: Waiman Long <Waiman.Long@hp.com>
Signed-off-by: Jason Low <jason.low2@hp.com>
Signed-off-by: Tim Chen <tim.c.chen@linux.intel.com>
---
kernel/locking/mutex.c | 18 +++++++++++++-----
1 file changed, 13 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/locking/mutex.c b/kernel/locking/mutex.c
index 4dd6e4c..fbbd2ed 100644
--- a/kernel/locking/mutex.c
+++ b/kernel/locking/mutex.c
@@ -136,9 +136,12 @@ void mspin_lock(struct mspin_node **lock, struct mspin_node *node)
return;
}
ACCESS_ONCE(prev->next) = node;
- smp_wmb();
- /* Wait until the lock holder passes the lock down */
- while (!ACCESS_ONCE(node->locked))
+ /*
+ * Wait until the lock holder passes the lock down.
+ * Using smp_load_acquire() provides a memory barrier that
+ * ensures subsequent operations happen after the lock is acquired.
+ */
+ while (!(smp_load_acquire(&node->locked)))
arch_mutex_cpu_relax();
}

@@ -156,8 +159,13 @@ static void mspin_unlock(struct mspin_node **lock, struct mspin_node *node)
while (!(next = ACCESS_ONCE(node->next)))
arch_mutex_cpu_relax();
}
- ACCESS_ONCE(next->locked) = 1;
- smp_wmb();
+ /*
+ * Pass lock to next waiter.
+ * smp_store_release() provides a memory barrier to ensure
+ * all operations in the critical section has been completed
+ * before unlocking.
+ */
+ smp_store_release(&next->locked, 1);
}

/*
--
1.7.11.7




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