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From: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
To: paulmck@linux.vnet.ibm.com
Cc: Steven Rostedt <rostedt@goodmis.org>,
	LKML <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>,
	Ingo Molnar <mingo@elte.hu>, Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>,
	john stultz <johnstul@us.ibm.com>,
	jarkao2@gmail.com, netdev@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH] fix boot-time hangs from PREEMPT_RCU and NO_HZ
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2008 21:01:40 -0800	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20080228210140.37abe9cd.akpm@linux-foundation.org> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20080229044329.GA20207@linux.vnet.ibm.com>

On Thu, 28 Feb 2008 20:43:29 -0800 "Paul E. McKenney" <paulmck@linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:

> This is a repost of http://lkml.org/lkml/2008/2/2/11.  It is needed in
> 2.6.25 in order to prevent boot-time hangs when running with PREEMPT_RCU
> and NO_HZ.
> 
> Preemptible RCU can get stuck if a CPU goes idle and NO_HZ is set. The
> idle CPU will not progress the RCU through its grace period, so that
> any subsequent synchronize_rcu() invocations can hang until such time
> as a process starts running on the idle CPU.  If no such process runs,
> subsequent synchronize_rcu() invocations will hang indefinitely, in turn
> hanging the system.  Without this patch, one of Steve Rostedt's boxes
> hangs on boot when PREEMPT_RCU and NO_HZ are set. That same box boots
> fine with this patch.
> 
> Note: This patch came directly from the -rt patch where it has been tested
> for several months.
> 
> Andrew, could you please apply this?

I already have it, via git-sched.  Presumably Ingo has it lined up for the
next sched-related merge.

  reply	other threads:[~2008-02-29  5:02 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 8+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2008-01-29 16:18 [PATCH] add support for dynamic ticks and preempt rcu Steven Rostedt
2008-01-30  5:21 ` Paul E. McKenney
2008-02-29  4:43 ` [PATCH] fix boot-time hangs from PREEMPT_RCU and NO_HZ Paul E. McKenney
2008-02-29  5:01   ` Andrew Morton [this message]
2008-02-29 15:48     ` Ingo Molnar
2008-02-29 16:55       ` Paul E. McKenney
2008-02-29 16:57         ` Ingo Molnar
2008-02-29 17:08           ` Steven Rostedt

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