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Date:   Sun, 10 Sep 2017 22:22:58 +0200
From:   Peter Zijlstra <peterz@...radead.org>
To:     Andy Lutomirski <luto@...nel.org>
Cc:     Borislav Petkov <bp@...en8.de>,
        Linus Torvalds <torvalds@...ux-foundation.org>,
        Markus Trippelsdorf <markus@...ppelsdorf.de>,
        Ingo Molnar <mingo@...nel.org>,
        Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de>,
        LKML <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        Ingo Molnar <mingo@...hat.com>,
        Tom Lendacky <thomas.lendacky@....com>,
        Rik van Riel <riel@...hat.com>
Subject: Re: Current mainline git (24e700e291d52bd2) hangs when building e.g.
 perf

On Sat, Sep 09, 2017 at 09:42:12PM -0700, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> PeterZ and Ingo, would you be okay with adding a define so arches can
> opt out of the task_struct::active_mm field entirely?  That is, with
> the option set, task_struct wouldn't have an active_mm field, the core
> wouldn't call mmgrab and mmdrop, and the arch would be responsible for
> that bookkeeping instead?  x86, and presumably all arches without
> cross-core invalidation, would probably prefer to just shoot down the
> old mm entirely in __mmput() rather than trying to figure out when do
> finish freeing old mms.  After all, exit_mmap() is going to send an
> IPI regardless, so I see no reason to have the scheduler core pin an
> old dead mm just because some random kernel thread's active_mm field
> points to it.

I'm only quickly skimming this thread, but I don't see anything too
worrysome being proposed.

If you're in LA next week we can talk about it in more detail if you
want.

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