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Date:   Mon, 16 Aug 2021 18:53:45 +0300
From:   Leon Romanovsky <>
To:     Jakub Kicinski <>
Cc:     "David S . Miller" <>,
        Guangbin Huang <>,
        Jacob Keller <>,
        Jiri Pirko <>,,, Salil Mehta <>,
        Shannon Nelson <>,
        Yisen Zhuang <>,
        Yufeng Mo <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next 3/6] devlink: Count struct devlink consumers

On Mon, Aug 16, 2021 at 08:47:41AM -0700, Jakub Kicinski wrote:
> On Sat, 14 Aug 2021 12:57:28 +0300 Leon Romanovsky wrote:
> > From: Leon Romanovsky <>
> > 
> > The struct devlink itself is protected by internal lock and doesn't
> > need global lock during operation. That global lock is used to protect
> > addition/removal new devlink instances from the global list in use by
> > all devlink consumers in the system.
> > 
> > The future conversion of linked list to be xarray will allow us to
> > actually delete that lock, but first we need to count all struct devlink
> > users.
> Not a problem with this set but to state the obvious the global devlink
> lock also protects from concurrent execution of all the ops which don't
> take the instance lock (DEVLINK_NL_FLAG_NO_LOCK). You most likely know
> this but I thought I'd comment on an off chance it helps.

The end goal will be something like that:
1. Delete devlink lock
2. Rely on xa_lock() while grabbing devlink instance (past devlink_try_get)
3. Convert devlink->lock to be read/write lock to make sure that we can run
get query in parallel.
4. Open devlink netlink to parallel ops, ".parallel_ops = true".


> > The reference counting provides us a way to ensure that no new user
> > space commands success to grab devlink instance which is going to be
> > destroyed makes it is safe to access it without lock.

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