Query about: ARM11 MPCore: preemption/task migration cache coherency

snakky.zhang at gmail.com snakky.zhang at gmail.com
Thu May 31 21:34:12 EDT 2012

>> Yes, seems newer CPUs has no such limitation thus this function is global
>> effective naturally. :-)
>> And , I find Mips's c-r4k also has this issue but it use IPI to make it.
>> Details in arch/mips/mm/c-r4k.c.
> Rather than IPI we would better use the read-for-ownership trick like
> in this patch to make flush_dcache_page global (no need for
> write-for-ownership):
> http://dchs.spinics.net/lists/arm-kernel/msg125075.html
> (it may no longer apply, I haven't checked it for some time).
> That's the first thing. Secondly you still need preemption disable so
> that it is not preempted between RFO and the actual cache cleaning.
And, another confusion for PREEMPT: Even if we disable preempt, with locally
effective flush_dcache_xxx, there is still possibility to reproduce such
issue(Similar with the previous case):

1) Task running on Core-0 loading text section into memory.
     It was schedule out and then migrate into Core-1;
2) On Core-1, this task continue loading it and then
     "flush_dcache_page" to make sure the loaded text section write
     into main memory.
3) Task tend to the loaded text section and running it.

Similar as the previous case, the difference lies in step1 that the task was
interrupted by timer interrupt. Thus it still can be switch out and then 
migrate to another core. Thus in step2 and 3, this issue may still been 
So, disable preempt can only lower the possibility of this issue but 
can't avoid it.

If I mis-understand something, please correct me.


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