[RFC PATCH] perf/smmuv3: Fix shared interrupt handling

Robin Murphy robin.murphy at arm.com
Wed Jun 24 09:08:30 EDT 2020

On 2020-06-24 13:50, Will Deacon wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 24, 2020 at 12:48:14PM +0100, Robin Murphy wrote:
>> On 2020-04-08 17:49, Robin Murphy wrote:
>>> IRQF_SHARED is dangerous, since it allows other agents to retarget the
>>> IRQ's affinity without migrating PMU contexts to match, breaking the way
>>> in which perf manages mutual exclusion for accessing events. Although
>>> this means it's not realistically possible to support PMU IRQs being
>>> shared with other drivers, we *can* handle sharing between multiple PMU
>>> instances with some explicit affinity bookkeeping and manual interrupt
>>> multiplexing.
>>> RCU helps us handle interrupts efficiently without having to worry about
>>> fine-grained locking for relatively-theoretical race conditions with the
>>> probe/remove/CPU hotplug slow paths. The resulting machinery ends up
>>> looking largely generic, so it should be feasible to factor out with a
>>> "system PMU" base class for similar multi-instance drivers.
>>> Signed-off-by: Robin Murphy <robin.murphy at arm.com>
>>> ---
>>> RFC because I don't have the means to test it, and if the general
>>> approach passes muster then I'd want to tackle the aforementioned
>>> factoring-out before merging anything anyway.
>> Any comments on whether it's worth pursuing this?
> Sorry, I don't really get the problem that it's solving. Is there a crash
> log somewhere I can look at? If all the users of the IRQ are managed by
> this driver, why is IRQF_SHARED dangerous?

Because as-is, multiple PMU instances may make different choices about 
which CPU they associate with, change the shared IRQ affinity behind 
each others' backs, and break the "IRQ handler runs on event->cpu" 
assumption that perf core relies on for correctness. I'm not sure how 
likely it would be to actually crash rather than just lead to subtle 
nastiness, but wither way it's not good, and since people seem to be 
tempted to wire up system PMU instances this way we could do with a 
general approach for dealing with it.


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