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authorTejun Heo <>2016-02-09 16:11:26 -0500
committerTejun Heo <>2016-02-09 16:11:26 -0500
commit041bd12e272c53a35c54c13875839bcb98c999ce (patch)
tree77713ee150e870798b9a8f12f8dddc0a0e498089 /kernel/workqueue.c
parent23d11a58a9a60dcb52c8fc6494efce908b24c295 (diff)
Revert "workqueue: make sure delayed work run in local cpu"
This reverts commit 874bbfe600a660cba9c776b3957b1ce393151b76. Workqueue used to implicity guarantee that work items queued without explicit CPU specified are put on the local CPU. Recent changes in timer broke the guarantee and led to vmstat breakage which was fixed by 176bed1de5bf ("vmstat: explicitly schedule per-cpu work on the CPU we need it to run on"). vmstat is the most likely to expose the issue and it's quite possible that there are other similar problems which are a lot more difficult to trigger. As a preventive measure, 874bbfe600a6 ("workqueue: make sure delayed work run in local cpu") was applied to restore the local CPU guarnatee. Unfortunately, the change exposed a bug in timer code which got fixed by 22b886dd1018 ("timers: Use proper base migration in add_timer_on()"). Due to code restructuring, the commit couldn't be backported beyond certain point and stable kernels which only had 874bbfe600a6 started crashing. The local CPU guarantee was accidental more than anything else and we want to get rid of it anyway. As, with the vmstat case fixed, 874bbfe600a6 is causing more problems than it's fixing, it has been decided to take the chance and officially break the guarantee by reverting the commit. A debug feature will be added to force foreign CPU assignment to expose cases relying on the guarantee and fixes for the individual cases will be backported to stable as necessary. Signed-off-by: Tejun Heo <> Fixes: 874bbfe600a6 ("workqueue: make sure delayed work run in local cpu") Link: Cc: Cc: Mike Galbraith <> Cc: Henrique de Moraes Holschuh <> Cc: Daniel Bilik <> Cc: Jan Kara <> Cc: Shaohua Li <> Cc: Sasha Levin <> Cc: Ben Hutchings <> Cc: Thomas Gleixner <> Cc: Daniel Bilik <> Cc: Jiri Slaby <> Cc: Michal Hocko <>
Diffstat (limited to 'kernel/workqueue.c')
1 files changed, 4 insertions, 4 deletions
diff --git a/kernel/workqueue.c b/kernel/workqueue.c
index dc7faad63646..5e63d3b719ae 100644
--- a/kernel/workqueue.c
+++ b/kernel/workqueue.c
@@ -1464,13 +1464,13 @@ static void __queue_delayed_work(int cpu, struct workqueue_struct *wq,
dwork->wq = wq;
- /* timer isn't guaranteed to run in this cpu, record earlier */
- if (cpu == WORK_CPU_UNBOUND)
- cpu = raw_smp_processor_id();
dwork->cpu = cpu;
timer->expires = jiffies + delay;
- add_timer_on(timer, cpu);
+ if (unlikely(cpu != WORK_CPU_UNBOUND))
+ add_timer_on(timer, cpu);
+ else
+ add_timer(timer);