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Date:	Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:33:42 -0400 (EDT)
From:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] softirq: punt to ksoftirqd if __do_softirq recently

From: Rik van Riel <>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:57:06 -0400

> @@ -330,7 +334,11 @@ void irq_enter(void)
>  static inline void invoke_softirq(void)
>  {
> -	if (!force_irqthreads) {
> +	/*
> +	 * If force_irqthreads is set, or if we looped in __do_softirq this
> +	 * jiffie, punt to ksoftirqd to prevent userland starvation.
> +	 */
> +	if (!force_irqthreads && this_cpu_read(softirq_looped) != jiffies) {

If we do this, which I'm not convinced of yet, I think we should use two
jiffies as the cutoff.

Because if we are at the tail end of one jiffie we'll prematurely go to
ksoftirqd when we really have no reason to do so.
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