preemptible spinlock?

Wonhyuk Yang vvghjk1234 at
Fri Apr 23 02:27:24 EDT 2021


> I think the main idea spinlock disables preemption is,

> the other process that's spinning on the lock can acquire lock.

> but in some implementations of spinlock, like qspinlock in x86 (or mcs
> I think there's no need to disable preemption. because processes
> waiting for lock cannot acquire the lock before the lock holder hand
> over to other process.

Are you talking about disabling local irq(ex. spin_lock_irqsave)?

If so, think about the situation that a process holding the lock is

by interrupt. And that interrupt handler tries to grab the spinlock.

It will lead to deadlock.
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