[BUG] "sched: Remove rq->lock from the first half of ttwu()" locks up on ARM

Pavel Machek pavel at ucw.cz
Mon Jun 6 06:29:06 EDT 2011


> The expectations are to have irqs off (we are holding the runqueue 
> lock if !__ARCH_WANT_INTERRUPTS_ON_CTXSW), so that's not workable i 
> suspect.
> But in theory we could drop the rq lock and restart the scheduler 
> task-pick and balancing sequence when the ARM TLB tag rolls over. So 
> instead of this fragile and assymetric method we'd have a 
> straightforward retry-in-rare-cases method.
> That means some modifications to switch_mm() but should be solvable.
> That would make ARM special only in so far that it's one of the few 
> architectures that signal 'retry task pickup' via switch_mm() - it 
> would use the stock scheduler otherwise and we could remove 
> __ARCH_WANT_INTERRUPTS_ON_CTXSW and perhaps even 
> I'd suggest doing this once modern ARM chips get so widespread that 
> you can realistically induce a ~700 usecs irqs-off delays on old, 
> virtual-cache ARM chips. Old chips would likely use old kernels 
> anyway, right?

Not really. Equivalent machines (400g) with new chips do not exist, so
many people are stuck with Sharp Zaurus, and track latest kernels,
because support is actually improving there.

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