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Date:   Mon, 4 Oct 2021 14:32:47 +0200
From:   Petr Mladek <pmladek@...e.com>
To:     Pingfan Liu <kernelfans@...il.com>
Cc:     linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
        Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
        Wang Qing <wangqing@...o.com>,
        "Peter Zijlstra (Intel)" <peterz@...radead.org>,
        Santosh Sivaraj <santosh@...six.org>,
        linux-arm-kernel@...ts.infradead.org
Subject: Re: [PATCHv2 2/4] kernel/watchdog_hld: clarify the condition in
 hardlockup_detector_event_create()

On Thu 2021-09-23 22:09:49, Pingfan Liu wrote:
> As for the context, there are two arguments to change
> debug_smp_processor_id() to is_percpu_thread().
> 
>   -1. watchdog_ev is percpu, and migration will frustrate the attempt
> which try to bind a watchdog_ev to a cpu by protecting this func inside
> the pair of preempt_disable()/preempt_enable().
> 
>   -2. hardlockup_detector_event_create() indirectly calls
> kmem_cache_alloc_node(), which is blockable.
> 
> So here, spelling out the really planned context "is_percpu_thread()".

The description is pretty hard to understand. I would suggest
something like:

Subject: kernel/watchdog_hld: Ensure CPU-bound context when creating
hardlockup detector event

hardlockup_detector_event_create() should create perf_event on the
current CPU. Preemption could not get disabled because
perf_event_create_kernel_counter() allocates memory. Instead,
the CPU locality is achieved by processing the code in a per-CPU
bound kthread.

Add a check to prevent mistakes when calling the code in another
code path.

> Signed-off-by: Pingfan Liu <kernelfans@...il.com>
> Cc: Petr Mladek <pmladek@...e.com>
> Cc: Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>
> Cc: Wang Qing <wangqing@...o.com>
> Cc: "Peter Zijlstra (Intel)" <peterz@...radead.org>
> Cc: Santosh Sivaraj <santosh@...six.org>
> Cc: linux-arm-kernel@...ts.infradead.org
> To: linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
> ---
>  kernel/watchdog_hld.c | 5 ++++-
>  1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
> 
> diff --git a/kernel/watchdog_hld.c b/kernel/watchdog_hld.c
> index 247bf0b1582c..df010df76576 100644
> --- a/kernel/watchdog_hld.c
> +++ b/kernel/watchdog_hld.c
> @@ -165,10 +165,13 @@ static void watchdog_overflow_callback(struct perf_event *event,
>  
>  static int hardlockup_detector_event_create(void)
>  {
> -	unsigned int cpu = smp_processor_id();
> +	unsigned int cpu;
>  	struct perf_event_attr *wd_attr;
>  	struct perf_event *evt;
>  
> +	/* This function plans to execute in cpu bound kthread */

This does not explain why it is needed. I suggest something like:

	/*
	 * Preemption is not disabled because memory will be allocated.
	 * Ensure CPU-locality by calling this in per-CPU kthread.
	 */


> +	WARN_ON(!is_percpu_thread());
> +	cpu = raw_smp_processor_id();
>  	wd_attr = &wd_hw_attr;
>  	wd_attr->sample_period = hw_nmi_get_sample_period(watchdog_thresh);
>  

Othrewise the change looks good to me.

Best Regards,
Petr

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