[PATCH v4 2/2] arm64: Expand the stack trace feature to support IRQ stack

Catalin Marinas catalin.marinas at arm.com
Mon Oct 19 09:18:17 PDT 2015

On Sat, Oct 17, 2015 at 10:38:16PM +0900, Jungseok Lee wrote:
> On Oct 17, 2015, at 1:06 AM, Catalin Marinas wrote:
> > BTW, a static allocation (DEFINE_PER_CPU for the whole irq stack) would
> > save us from another stack address reading on the IRQ entry path. I'm
> > not sure exactly where the 16K image increase comes from but at least it
> > doesn't grow with NR_CPUS, so we can probably live with this.
> I've tried the approach, a static allocation using DEFINE_PER_CPU, but
> it dose not work on a top-bit comparison method (for IRQ re-entrance
> check). The top-bit idea is based on the assumption that IRQ stack is
> aligned with THREAD_SIZE. But, tpidr_el1 is PAGE_SIZE aligned. It leads
> to IRQ re-entrance failure in case of 4KB page system.
> IMHO, it is hard to avoid 16KB size increase for 64KB page support.
> Secondary cores can rely on slab.h, but a boot core cannot. So, IRQ
> stack for at least a boot cpu should be allocated statically.

Ah, I forgot about the alignment check. The problem we have with your v5
patch is that kmalloc() doesn't guarantee this either (see commit
2a0b5c0d1929, "arm64: Align less than PAGE_SIZE pgds naturally", where
we had to fix this for pgd_alloc).

I'm leaning more and more towards the x86 approach as I mentioned in the
two messages below:


With a per-cpu stack you can avoid another pointer read, replacing it
with a single check for the re-entrance. But note that the update only
happens during do_softirq_own_stack() and *not* for every IRQ taken.


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