[PATCH] NVMe: Avoid interrupt disable during queue init.

Parav Pandit parav.pandit at avagotech.com
Fri May 22 10:33:58 PDT 2015

On Fri, May 22, 2015 at 10:37 PM, Keith Busch <keith.busch at intel.com> wrote:
> On Fri, 22 May 2015, Parav Pandit wrote:
>> On Fri, May 22, 2015 at 9:53 PM, Keith Busch <keith.busch at intel.com>
>> wrote:
>>> A memory barrier before incrementing the dev->queue_count (and assigning
>>> the pointer in the array before that) should address this concern.
>> Sure. mb() will solve the publisher side problem. RCU is wrapper around
>> mb().
>> However mb() doesn't solve the issue of q_lock variable getting
>> fetched before if (!nvmeq) condition being executed, by value
>> compilation optimizations in nvme_kthread().
> Eh? The value of dev->queue_count prevents the thread's for-loop from
> iterating that nvmeq before the q_lock is initialized.

I agree to it that nvmeq won't be null after mb(); That alone is not sufficient.

What I have proposed in previous email is,


struct nvme_queue *nvmeq = dev->queues[i];
if (!nvmeq)

to replace with,

struct nvme_queue *nvmeq = rcu_dereference(dev->queues[i]);
if (!nvmeq)

This will prevent fetching content of q_lock before checking for NULL
condition. Classic usage or RCU.

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