[PATCH] cgroup: Convert synchronize_rcu to call_rcu in cgroup_attach_task

Li Zefan lizf at cn.fujitsu.com
Tue Nov 23 00:14:24 PST 2010

12:06, Colin Cross wrote:
> The synchronize_rcu call in cgroup_attach_task can be very
> expensive.  All fastpath accesses to task->cgroups that expect
> task->cgroups not to change already use task_lock() or
> cgroup_lock() to protect against updates, and, in cgroup.c,
> only the CGROUP_DEBUG files have RCU read-side critical
> sections.
> sched.c uses RCU read-side-critical sections on task->cgroups,
> but only to ensure that a dereference of task->cgroups does
> not become invalid, not that it doesn't change.

Other cgroup subsystems also use rcu_read_lock to access task->cgroups,
for example net_cls cgroup and device cgroup.

I don't think the performance of task attaching is so critically
important that we have to use call_rcu() instead of synchronize_rcu()?

> This patch adds a function put_css_set_rcu, which delays the
> put until after a grace period has elapsed.  This ensures that
> any RCU read-side critical sections that dereferenced
> task->cgroups in sched.c have completed before the css_set is
> deleted.  The synchronize_rcu()/put_css_set() combo in
> cgroup_attach_task() can then be replaced with
> put_css_set_rcu().

> Also converts the CGROUP_DEBUG files that access
> current->cgroups to use task_lock(current) instead of
> rcu_read_lock().

What for? What do we gain from doing this for those debug

> Signed-off-by: Colin Cross <ccross at android.com>
> ---
> This version fixes the problems with the previous patch by
> keeping the use of RCU in cgroup_attach_task, but allowing
> cgroup_attach_task to return immediately by deferring the
> final put_css_reg to an rcu callback.
>  include/linux/cgroup.h |    4 +++
>  kernel/cgroup.c        |   58 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++----------
>  2 files changed, 50 insertions(+), 12 deletions(-)

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