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Atomicity & preemptive kernels

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Subject: Atomicity & preemptive kernels
From: Justin Carlson <justin@cs.cmu.edu>
Date: 10 Jun 2002 12:44:07 -0700
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I know we're not there yet, but I'm trying to understand some issues
with rml's preemptive kernel and ASID's.

While doing a virtually-tagged hit invalidate of a cache, I was going to
write code something like this;

set_entryhi(CPU_CONTEXT(cpu, mm->vm_mm));
hit_invalidate_range(start, end);
set_entryhi(CPU_CONTEXT(cpu, current->mm));

Insofar as I understand current kernel scheduling guarantees, this is
safe because we won't reschedule while running in kernel mode.  But, if
I'm looking ahead to the preemptive kernel, then I think there is a
slight window for a race in between the reading of current->mm and 
the setting of entryhi.  Something like this:

current->mm->context is read
  * kernel reschedules.  
  * switch_mm() called
  * current->mm->context changes on return to this process
entryhi is set to the wrong context.

Is this a real race?  If so, is there any way around it other than
locally disabling interrupts around the restoration of the context?

-Justin
 

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