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

Santosh Shilimkar santosh.shilimkar at ti.com
Tue Jun 21 06:17:04 EDT 2011

On 6/21/2011 3:30 PM, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 02:38:34PM +0530, Santosh Shilimkar wrote:
>> Russell,
>> On 6/20/2011 8:24 PM, Santosh Shilimkar wrote:
>>> On 6/20/2011 7:53 PM, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
>>>> So, as loops_per_jiffy is not local to this function, the compiler has
>>>> to write out that zero value, before calling calibrate_delay_converge(),
>>>> and loops_per_jiffy only becomes non-zero _after_
>>>> calibrate_delay_converge()
>>>> has returned. This opens the window and allows the spinlock debugging
>>>> code to explode.
>>>> This patch closes the window completely, by only writing to
>>>> loops_per_jiffy
>>>> only when we have a real value for it.
>>>> This allows me to boot 3.0.0-rc3 on Versatile Express (4 CPU) whereas
>>>> without this it fails with spinlock lockup and rcu problems.
>>>> init/calibrate.c | 14 ++++++++------
>>>> 1 files changed, 8 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)
>>> I am away from my board now. Will test this change.
>> Have tested your change and it seems to fix the crash I
>> was observing. Are you planning to send this fix for rc5?
> Yes.  I think sending CPUs into infinite loops in the spinlock code is
> definitely sufficiently serious that it needs to go to Linus ASAP.
> It'd be nice to have a tested-by line though.

>>> btw, the online-active race is still open even with this patch close
>>> and should be fixed.
>> The only problem remains is waiting for active mask before
>> marking CPU online. Shall I refresh my patch with only
>> this change then ?
> I already have that as a separate change.
Can you point me to both of these commits so that I have
them in my tree for testing.

Thanks for help.


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