[RFC PATCH] ARM: smp: Fix the CPU hotplug race with scheduler.

Santosh Shilimkar santosh.shilimkar at ti.com
Mon Jun 20 11:10:45 EDT 2011

On 6/20/2011 8:31 PM, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 08:24:33PM +0530, Santosh Shilimkar wrote:
>> I am away from my board now. Will test this change.
>> btw, the online-active race is still open even with this patch close
>> and should be fixed.
> I have yet to see any evidence of that race - I've been running your
> test loop for about an hour so far on Versatile Express and nothing
> yet.
In that case my script was just exposing the calibrate() code race

> That's not to say that we shouldn't wait for the active mask to become
> true before calling schedule(), but I don't think its as big a deal as
> you're suggesting it is.
I am not expert to really trigger that exact race online-to-active but
am sure the race needs to be fixed.

May be Thomas can suggest a test-case to expose that race. From
his fix for x86, it appeared that the race was indeed hit in some


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