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Date:   Tue, 21 May 2019 09:56:42 -0400
From:   "Michael S. Tsirkin" <mst@...hat.com>
To:     Stefano Garzarella <sgarzare@...hat.com>
Cc:     Jason Wang <jasowang@...hat.com>, netdev@...r.kernel.org,
        Stefan Hajnoczi <stefanha@...hat.com>
Subject: Re: Question about IRQs during the .remove() of virtio-vsock driver

On Tue, May 21, 2019 at 03:49:20PM +0200, Stefano Garzarella wrote:
> On Tue, May 21, 2019 at 06:05:31AM -0400, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> > On Tue, May 21, 2019 at 11:44:07AM +0200, Stefano Garzarella wrote:
> > > Hi Micheal, Jason,
> > > as suggested by Stefan, I'm checking if we have some races in the
> > > virtio-vsock driver. We found some races in the .probe() and .remove()
> > > with the upper layer (socket) and I'll fix it.
> > > 
> > > Now my attention is on the bottom layer (virtio device) and my question is:
> > > during the .remove() of virtio-vsock driver (virtio_vsock_remove), could happen
> > > that an IRQ comes and one of our callback (e.g. virtio_vsock_rx_done()) is
> > > executed, queueing new works?
> > > 
> > > I tried to follow the code in both cases (device unplugged or module removed)
> > > and maybe it couldn't happen because we remove it from bus's knowledge,
> > > but I'm not sure and your advice would be very helpful.
> > > 
> > > Thanks in advance,
> > > Stefano
> > 
> > 
> > Great question! This should be better documented: patches welcome!
> 
> When I'm clear, I'll be happy to document this.
> 
> > 
> > Here's my understanding:
> > 
> > 
> > A typical removal flow works like this:
> > 
> > - prevent linux from sending new kick requests to device
> >   and flush such outstanding requests if any
> >   (device can still send notifications to linux)
> > 
> > - call
> >           vi->vdev->config->reset(vi->vdev);
> >   this will flush all device writes and interrupts.
> >   device will not use any more buffers.
> >   previously outstanding callbacks might still be active.
> > 
> > - Then call
> >           vdev->config->del_vqs(vdev);
> >   to flush outstanding callbacks if any.
> 
> Thanks for sharing these useful information.
> 
> So, IIUC between step 1 (e.g. in virtio-vsock we flush all work-queues) and
> step 2, new IRQs could happen, and in the virtio-vsock driver new work
> will be queued.
> 
> In order to handle this case, I'm thinking to add a new variable
> 'work_enabled' in the struct virtio_vsock, put it to false at the start
> of the .remove(), then call synchronize_rcu() before to flush all work
> queues
> and use an helper function virtio_transport_queue_work() to queue
> a new work, where the check of work_enabled and the queue_work are in the
> RCU read critical section.
> 
> Here a pseudo code to explain better the idea:
> 
> virtio_vsock_remove() {
>     vsock->work_enabled = false;
> 
>     /* Wait for other CPUs to finish to queue works */
>     synchronize_rcu();
> 
>     flush_works();
> 
>     vdev->config->reset(vdev);
> 
>     ...
> 
>     vdev->config->del_vqs(vdev);
> }
> 
> virtio_vsock_queue_work(vsock, work) {
>     rcu_read_lock();
> 
>     if (!vsock->work_enabled) {
>         goto out;
>     }
> 
>     queue_work(virtio_vsock_workqueue, work);
> 
> out:
>     rcu_read_unlock();
> }
> 
> 
> Do you think can work?
> Please tell me if there is a better way to handle this case.
> 
> Thanks,
> Stefano


instead of rcu tricks I would just have rx_run and tx_run and check it
within the queued work - presumably under tx or rx lock.

then queueing an extra work becomes harmless,
and you flush it after del vqs which flushes everything for you.


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