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Date:	Wed, 11 Nov 2009 13:27:42 +0100
From:	Heiko Carstens <heiko.carstens@...ibm.com>
To:	Peter Zijlstra <peterz@...radead.org>
Cc:	Ingo Molnar <mingo@...e.hu>, Gregory Haskins <ghaskins@...ell.com>,
	"Siddha, Suresh B" <suresh.b.siddha@...el.com>,
	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
	Martin Schwidefsky <schwidefsky@...ibm.com>
Subject: Re: [BUG] sched_rt_periodic_timer vs cpu hotplug

On Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 11:30:28AM +0100, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Wed, 2009-11-11 at 11:18 +0100, Heiko Carstens wrote:
> > cpu_attach_domain calls (inlined) rq_attach_root. That function replaces a
> > runqueue's root_domain while holding its lock (&rq->lock).
> > 
> > Now the code snippet above from do_sched_rt_period_timer does access a
> > runqueue's root_domain _without_ holding its lock.
> > That way a concurrent cpu_up operation can easily change a runqueue's
> > root_domain pointer while it is still in use. Which is what happened here.
> > 
> > Just grabbing and releasing the lock for each iteration is probably not the
> > real fix, since the span mask could change between iterations. Which might
> > lead to strange effects.
> 
> Does something like the below fix it? Normal sched_domain bits also do
> sync_sched() for domain destruction as can be seen from
> detach_destroy_domains()..
> 
> diff --git a/kernel/sched.c b/kernel/sched.c
> index 91642c1..3b02339 100644
> --- a/kernel/sched.c
> +++ b/kernel/sched.c
> @@ -7918,6 +7923,8 @@ sd_parent_degenerate(struct sched_domain *sd, struct sched_domain *parent)
>  
>  static void free_rootdomain(struct root_domain *rd)
>  {
> +	synchronize_sched();
> +

Looks good. It might take a few days for a final confirmation.

Thanks!
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