rcu: reduce the number of spurious RCU_SOFTIRQ invocations
Lai Jiangshan noted that up to 10% of the RCU_SOFTIRQ are spurious, and
traced this down to the fact that the current grace-period machinery
will uselessly raise RCU_SOFTIRQ when a given CPU needs to go through
a quiescent state, but has not yet done so. In this situation, there
might well be nothing that RCU_SOFTIRQ can do, and the overhead can be
worth worrying about in the ksoftirqd case. This patch therefore avoids
raising RCU_SOFTIRQ in this situation.
Changes since v1 (http://lkml.org/lkml/2010/3/30/122 from Lai Jiangshan):
o Omit the rcu_qs_pending() prechecks, as they aren't that
much less expensive than the quiescent-state checks.
o Merge with the set_need_resched() patch that reduces IPIs.
o Add the new n_rp_report_qs field to the rcu_pending tracing output.
o Update the tracing documentation accordingly.
Signed-off-by: Lai Jiangshan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Signed-off-by: Paul E. McKenney <email@example.com>