how to test a linux driver for SMP concurrency issues

Mulyadi Santosa mulyadi.santosa at
Tue Jun 28 11:34:25 EDT 2011

Hi AMit...

On Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 19:36, Amit Nagal <helloin.amit at> wrote:
> Hi ,
> i want to test a linux driver to identify concurrecy issue that may
> arise on a SMP system .
> can i be advised with  usage of some tools / mechanisms , so that the
> driver can be made SMP safe ?

IMHO there is no easy answer here. What you need is careful code audit
and check the way you access shared resources

Whenever you encounter such operations, decide whether you wanna make
it as fast path (must be done real quick) or slow path (longer delay
is acceptable).

In fast path, put spin locks locking/unlocking. In slow path, you
might use mutex or any kind of blocking locking.


Mulyadi Santosa
Freelance Linux trainer and consultant


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