[WireGuard] Proposal: HAVE_SEPARATE_IRQ_STACK?

Jason A. Donenfeld Jason at zx2c4.com
Thu Nov 10 12:41:04 CET 2016

On Thu, Nov 10, 2016 at 10:03 AM, Thomas Gleixner <tglx at linutronix.de> wrote:
> If you want to go with that config, then you need
> local_bh_disable()/enable() to fend softirqs off, which disables also
> preemption.

Thanks. Indeed this is what I want.

>> What clever tricks do I have at my disposal, then?
> Make MIPS use interrupt stacks.

Yea, maybe I'll just implement this. It clearly is the most correct solution.
@MIPS maintainers: would you merge something like this if done well?
Are there reasons other than man-power why it isn't currently that

> Does the slowdown come from the kmalloc overhead or mostly from the less
> efficient code?
> If it's mainly kmalloc, then you can preallocate the buffer once for the
> kthread you're running in and be done with it. If it's the code, then bad
> luck.

I fear both. GCC can optimize stack variables in ways that it cannot
optimize various memory reads and writes.

Strangely, the solution that appeals to me most at the moment is to
kmalloc (or vmalloc?) a new stack, copy over thread_info, and fiddle
with the stack registers. I don't see any APIs, however, for a
platform independent way of doing this. And maybe this is a horrible
idea. But at least it'd allow me to keep my stack-based code the

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