[PATCH 1/1] staging: hv: Fix race condition on IC channel initialization

Ky Srinivasan ksrinivasan at novell.com
Sat May 22 15:21:10 UTC 2010

>>> On 5/21/2010 at  6:07 PM, in message
<1FB5E1D5CA062146B38059374562DF7266B8B5F2 at TK5EX14MBXC128.redmond.corp.microsoft.
om>, Haiyang Zhang <haiyangz at microsoft.com> wrote: 
>>  From: Greg KH [mailto:gregkh at suse.de]
>> > +/* Counter of IC channels initialized */
>> > +atomic_t hv_utils_initcnt = ATOMIC_INIT(0);
>> This doesn't need to be an atomic variable, does it really?
>> Why not have a simple bool variable "vmbus_initialized" or something.
>> It starts out as false, and then turns true when you are up and ready.
>> Then provide a function that tests it:
>> 	bool hv_vmbus_ready(void)
>> 	{
>> 		return vmbus_initialized
>> 	}
>> 	EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(hv_vmbus_ready);
>> this turns into a simple function call, again, never needing to know
>> about message types or any other mess.
> This looks good. I will add the hv_vmbus_ready() function. It doesn't even 
> have to be exported symbol, because it's only used in vmbus module to ensure 
> all channels are ready before vmbus_init() returns. Other modules won't get 
> a 
> chance to see uninitialized channels after hv_vmbus is loaded.
> Also, I'll cleanup the printk in hv_utils load/unload.
> Regarding the atomic variable -- the channel offer processing function is 
> triggered by interrupts from host -- should we be concerned about "counter++" 
> racing with each other in two interrupts happening around the same time?
You would need to protect the increment, if interrupts are going to come in on any cpu and update the counter. While in your current implementation interrupts are only delivered on cpu0, it is still  probably good to deal with the more general case and protect the counter.

On a slightly different note, why don't you make the synchronization more explicit than what you currently have: Rather than polling the variable in a loop, why don't you put that context to sleep and the interrupt context that updates the count would be responsible for issuing the wakeup when the conditions are appropriate - when all channels are initialized.


K. Y 
> Thanks,
> - Haiyang
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