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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH v4 3/3] VT-d: Fix vt-d Device-TLB flush timeout issue.

> On January 27, 2016 at 7:24pm, <JBeulich@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >>> On 27.01.16 at 12:09, <quan.xu@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >>  On January 27, 2016 at 6:48am, <Tian, Kevin> wrote:
> >> > From: Jan Beulich [mailto:JBeulich@xxxxxxxx]
> >> > Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 11:53 PM
> >
> >
> >> > Once again: Before getting started, please assess which route is
> >> > going to be the better one. Remember that we had already discussed
> >> > and put aside some form of deferring the hiding of devices, so if
> >> > you come back with a patch doing that again, you'll have to be able
> >> > to explain why the alternative(s) are worse.
> >> >
> >>
> >> Quan, could you list pros/cons of those alternatives based on discussion so
> far?
> >> Then we can decide which way should be done before you go to actual
> coding.
> >> Earlier suggestion on hiding device immediately is under the
> >> assumption that all locks have been held. If this part becomes too
> >> complex, and you can explain clearly that deferring the hiding action
> >> doesn't lead to any race condition, then people can see why you are
> proposing defer again.
> >
> >
> > The following are pros/cons of those alternatives. It is also why I
> > propose defer again.
> >
> > -- --
> > 1. Hiding the devices immediately
> > Pros:
> >      * it makes whatever changes are ASAP after the Device-TLB flush error.
> >
> > Cons:
> >      * It may break the code path.
> >      * It may lead to any race condition.
> >      * Hiding the devices immediately is under the assumption that all locks
> have been held.
> >       Different locking state is possible for different call trees. This 
> > part
> becomes too complex.
> So you just repeat what you've already said before. "This part becomes too
> complex" you say without any kind of proof, yet that's what we need to
> understand whether the alternative of doing the locking correctly really is 
> this
> bad (and I continue to not see why it would).

Such as pcidevs_lock:

1. as I mentioned, it is indeed different locking state is possible for 
different call trees of flush Device-TLB. When Device-TLB flush is error, It is 
really challenge to judge whether to acquire the pcidevs_lock or not.

   For example,
   *It is _not_under_ lock for the following call tree:
$ flush_iotlb_qi()--- iommu_flush_iotlb_psi() -- __intel_iommu_iotlb_flush() 
--intel_iommu_iotlb_flush() --iommu_iotlb_flush() 

   *It is _under_ lock for the following call tree:

2. if I try to acquire the pcidevs_lock for some _not_under_ lock call tree, it 
makes things worse. As the pcidevs_lock is a big lock, then
  Frequent memory modification may block the pci-device assign due to the 
pcidevs_lock. if I try to split the pcidevs_lock into small locks.
  It may takes a great deal of time to make it stable.

Also I should consider the other locks..


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