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Re: struct ifnet and ifaddr handling [was: Re: Making global variables of if.c MPSAFE]

On Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 8:21 AM, Mindaugas Rasiukevicius
<> wrote:
> Ryota Ozaki <> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> This is another work toward MPSAFE networking.
>> sys/net/if.c contains several global variables
>> (e.g., ifnet_list) that should be protected
>> from parallel accesses somehow once we get rid
>> of the big kernel lock.
>> Currently there is a mutex for serializing
>> accesses to index_gen, however, that's not
>> enough; we have to protect the other variables
>> too.
>> The global variables are read-mostly, so I
>> replace the mutex with a rwlock and use it
>> for all. Unfortunately, ifnet_list may be
>> accessed from interrupt context (only read
>> though) so that I add a spin mutex for it;
>> we hold the mutex when we modify ifnet_list
>> as well as the rwlock.
>> <...>
> I generally agree with Dennis that is not the way we want to take in
> the long-term.  The cost of read-write lock is very high.  The plan
> is to use passive serialisation to protect the interfaces and their
> addresses.  Also, the ultimate goal would also be to use a better
> data structure (linked lists are not really efficient) and change the
> way interfaces are referenced i.e. instead of referencing ifnet_t,
> the network stack should use a unique ID.

I have no objection to the direction. My concern is an intermediate

> Note that the code paths
> looking up the interface or its address(es) should not block (if they
> do, the code can be rearranged).

Some codes under sys/compat can be blocked during the iterations,
for example linux_getifconf at [1] that may block due to copyout.


> Also, in the long run, ifnet list
> should not be accessed from the hard interrupt context -- all users
> ought to be running in the softintr(9) context.

The ifnet list is accessed in m_reclaim that may be called from
hardware interrupt context via say MCL_GET.

> We may need to take an intermediate solution, but I think we can
> already switch to pserialize(9) + reference counting on ifnet_t for
> the ip_input/ip_output() paths.  I need to resume my work on the
> routing subsystem patch-up, though.

I think we need to get rid of blockable operations mentioned the above.


> --
> Mindaugas

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