[PATCH 2/3] drm/scheduler: Don't call wait_event_killable for signaled process.

Christian König ckoenig.leichtzumerken at gmail.com
Mon Apr 30 15:25:35 UTC 2018

Am 30.04.2018 um 16:32 schrieb Andrey Grodzovsky:
> On 04/30/2018 08:08 AM, Christian König wrote:
>> Hi Eric,
>> sorry for the late response, was on vacation last week.
>> Am 26.04.2018 um 02:01 schrieb Eric W. Biederman:
>>> Andrey Grodzovsky <Andrey.Grodzovsky at amd.com> writes:
>>>> On 04/25/2018 01:17 PM, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
>>>>> On 04/25, Andrey Grodzovsky wrote:
>>>>>> here (drm_sched_entity_fini) is also a bad idea, but we still 
>>>>>> want to be
>>>>>> able to exit immediately
>>>>>> and not wait for GPU jobs completion when the reason for reaching 
>>>>>> this code
>>>>>> is because of KILL
>>>>>> signal to the user process who opened the device file.
>>>>> Can you hook f_op->flush method?
>> THANKS! That sounds like a really good idea to me and we haven't 
>> investigated into that direction yet.
>>>> But this one is called for each task releasing a reference to the 
>>>> the file, so
>>>> not sure I see how this solves the problem.
>>> The big question is why do you need to wait during the final closing a
>>> file?
>> As always it's because of historical reasons. Initially user space 
>> pushed commands directly to a hardware queue and when a processes 
>> finished we didn't need to wait for anything.
>> Then the GPU scheduler was introduced which delayed pushing the jobs 
>> to the hardware queue to a later point in time.
>> This wait was then added to maintain backward compability and not 
>> break userspace (but see below).
>>> The wait can be terminated so the wait does not appear to be simply a
>>> matter of correctness.
>> Well when the process is killed we don't care about correctness any 
>> more, we just want to get rid of it as quickly as possible (OOM 
>> situation etc...).
>> But it is perfectly possible that a process submits some render 
>> commands and then calls exit() or terminates because of a SIGTERM, 
>> SIGINT etc.. In this case we need to wait here to make sure that all 
>> rendering is pushed to the hardware because the scheduler might need 
>> resources/settings from the file descriptor.
>> For example if you just remove that wait you could close firefox and 
>> get garbage on the screen for a millisecond because the remaining 
>> rendering commands where not executed.
>> So what we essentially need is to distinct between a SIGKILL (which 
>> means stop processing as soon as possible) and any other reason 
>> because then we don't want to annoy the user with garbage on the 
>> screen (even if it's just for a few milliseconds).
>> Constructive ideas how to handle this would be very welcome, cause I 
>> completely agree that what we have at the moment by checking 
>> PF_SIGNAL is just a very very hacky workaround.
> What about changing PF_SIGNALED to  PF_EXITING in 
> drm_sched_entity_do_release
> -       if ((current->flags & PF_SIGNALED) && current->exit_code == 
> +      if ((current->flags & PF_EXITING) && current->exit_code == 
> From looking into do_exit and it's callers , current->exit_code will 
> get assign the signal which was delivered to the task. If SIGINT was 
> sent then it's SIGINT, if SIGKILL then SIGKILL.

That's at least a band aid to stop us from abusing PF_SIGNALED.

But additional to that change, can you investigate when f_ops->flush() 
is called when the process exists normally, because of SIGKILL or 
because of some other signal?

Could be that this is more closely to what we are searching for,

> Andrey
>> Thanks,
>> Christian.
>>> Eric
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