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Date:	Sat, 09 Nov 2013 16:03:12 +0800
From:	Ding Tianhong <>
To:	Nikolay Aleksandrov <>
CC:	Ding Tianhong <>,
	Jay Vosburgh <>,
	Andy Gospodarek <>,
	"David S. Miller" <>,
	Veaceslav Falico <>,
	Netdev <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next v2 0/10] bonding: rebuild the lock use for bond

于 2013/11/9 0:32, Nikolay Aleksandrov 写道:
> On 11/08/2013 03:07 AM, Ding Tianhong wrote:
>> Now the bond slave list is not protected by bond lock, only by RTNL,
>> but the monitor still use the bond lock to protect the slave list,
>> it is useless, according to the Veaceslav's opinion, there were
>> three way to fix the protect problem:
>> 1. add bond_master_upper_dev_link() and bond_upper_dev_unlink()
>>     in bond->lock, but it is unsafe to call call_netdevice_notifiers()
>>     in write lock.
>> 2. remove unused bond->lock for monitor function, only use the exist
>>     rtnl lock(), it will take performance loss in fast path.
>> 3. use RCU to protect the slave list, of course, performance is better,
>>     but in slow path, it is ignored.
>> obviously the solution 1 is not fit here, I will consider the 2 and 3
>> solution. My principle is simple, if in fast path, RCU is better,
>> otherwise in slow path, both is well, but according to the Jay Vosburgh's
>> opinion, the monitor will loss performace if use RTNL to protect the all
>> slave list, so remove the bond lock and replace with RCU.
>> The second problem is the curr_slave_lock for bond, it is too old and
>> unwanted in many place, because the curr_active_slave would only be
>> changed in 3 place:
>> 1. enslave slave.
>> 2. release slave.
>> 3. change active slave.
>> all above were already holding bond lock, RTNL and curr_slave_lock
>> together, it is tedious and no need to add so mach lock, when change
>> the curr_active_slave, you have to hold the RTNL and curr_slave_lock
>> together, and when you read the curr_active_slave, RTNL or curr_slave_lock,
>> any one of them is no problem.
>> for the stability, I did not change the logic for the monitor,
>> all change is clear and simple, I have test the patch set for lockdep,
>> it work well and stability.
>> v2. accept the Jay Vosburgh's opinion, remove the RTNL and replace with RCU,
>>      also add some rcu function for bond use, so the patch set reach 10.
>> Best Regards
>> Ding Tianhong
> Hi,
> I've left my comments from a quick overview of the patches, my opinion on the
> patchset is that it wasn't tested thoroughly enough (or at all). There're
> multiple places that use a weaker compiler barrier instead of directly using
> rcu_dereference() or rcu_access_pointer(), also there're multiple places which
> can directly use macros already present in the RCU API.
> Cheers,
>   Nik

Thanks, Nik, for overview the long patches, point out the problem, I 
will review the
details which your point out and fix it.

Best Regards

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