SMP: ISR disable/enable vs. mutual exclustion

Sebastian Huber sebastian.huber at
Tue Aug 27 08:31:50 UTC 2013

On 2013-08-27 01:26, Chris Johns wrote:
> Sebastian Huber wrote:
>> On 2013-08-24 04:10, Chris Johns wrote:
>>>> Thus the normal extract operation is not available on SMP. An extract
>>>> variant which needs also the chain control as a parameter must be used.
>>> I think a node may need a back pointer to the chain control that
>>> contains a
>>> lock. I suspect we cannot have a single score chain control structure
>>> for both
>>> protected and unprotected operations and support the current extract.
>>> I have
>>> not looked at all the uses of extract in the code so I do not know if
>>> the chain
>>> control is available and even it is I think the node should handle this.
>> In order to use the back pointer you have to lock the chain, so this
>> cannot be used. You have to know on which chain the node is.
> Yes you are correct. Should the locking be something the user of the chains
> should manage ? The chains is starting to become more and more complex.

On single processor configuration the locking is done by the chains (ISR 
disable/enable) so I think there is no way out.  Please have a look at the 
patch here:

I had to add rtems_chain_explicit_extract() and rtems_chain_explicit_insert() 

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