[ovs-dev] [PATCH net-next 2/3] netlink: Convert netlink_lookup() to use RCU protected hash table

Nikolay Aleksandrov nikolay at redhat.com
Fri Aug 1 15:20:41 UTC 2014


On 08/01/2014 05:15 PM, Thomas Graf wrote:
> On 08/01/14 at 04:51pm, Nikolay Aleksandrov wrote:
>> Hmm, in both the rhashtable_insert() and rhashtable_remove() calls in the
>> netlink code you're using GFP_ATOMIC flags but if rhashtable_expand/shring gets
>> called even though the allocation will be with GFP_ATOMIC, they still call
>> synchronize_rcu() which may block. Now I'm not familiar with the netlink code,
>> but I think that in general the flags are useless for GFP_ATOMIC because of the
>> calls to synchronize_rcu() in expand/shrink which can block anyway.
>> Just a thought, I may be missing something of course.
> 
> I don't think you are missing anything. The GFP_ATOMIC flag was
> inherited from how the bucket table was allocated prior to the
> convertion to the new hash table but you are right, it can't be
> needed since the table protection was converted to a mutex.
> Using GFP_KERNEL will have a better chance of succeeding.
> 
Right, I was wondering why it was atomic in the first place and couldn't find a
good reason from the code :-)
But that explains it.

Cheers,
 Nik



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