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Re: [Xen-devel] [GIT PULL] Fix lost interrupt race in Xen event channel

To: Jan Beulich <JBeulich@xxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [Xen-devel] [GIT PULL] Fix lost interrupt race in Xen event channels
From: Daniel Stodden <daniel.stodden@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2010 03:04:20 -0700
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On Wed, 2010-08-25 at 03:52 -0400, Jan Beulich wrote:
> >>> On 24.08.10 at 23:35, Jeremy Fitzhardinge <jeremy@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > We worked out the root cause was that it was incorrectly treating Xen
> > events as level rather than edge triggered interrupts, which works fine
> > unless you're handling one interrupt, the interrupt gets migrated to
> > another cpu and then re-raised.  This ends up losing the interrupt
> > because the edge-triggering of the second interrupt is lost.
> While this description would seem plausible at the first glance, it
> doesn't match up with unmask_evtchn() already taking care of
> exactly this case. Or are you implicitly saying that this code is
> broken in some way (if so, how, and shouldn't it then be that
> code that needs fixing, or removing if you want to stay with the
> edge handling)?

Not broken, but a different problem. The unmask 'resend' only catches
the edge lost if the event was raised while it was still masked. But
level irq doesn't have to save PENDING state. In the Xen event migration
case the edge isn't lost, but the upcall will drop the invocation when
the handler is found inprogress on the previous cpu.

> I do however agree that using handle_level_irq() is problematic
> (see 
> http://lists.xensource.com/archives/html/xen-devel/2010-04/msg01178.html),
> but as said there I think using the fasteoi logic is preferable. No
> matter whether using edge or level, the ->end() method will
> never be called (whereas fasteoi calls ->eoi(), which would
> just need to be vectored to the same function as ->end()).
> Without end_pirq() ever called, you can't let Xen know of
> bad PIRQs (so that it can disable them instead of continuing
> to call the [now shortcut] handler in the owning domain).

Not an opinion, just confused: Isn't all that dealt with in


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