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[Qemu-devel] [Bug 1585840] Re: multiprocess program gets incorrect resul

From: Peter Maydell
Subject: [Qemu-devel] [Bug 1585840] Re: multiprocess program gets incorrect results with qemu arm-linux-user
Date: Mon, 06 Nov 2017 19:35:04 -0000

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  multiprocess program gets incorrect results with qemu arm-linux-user

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Bug description:
  The attached program can run either in a threaded mode or a
  multiprocess mode.  It defaults to threaded mode, and switches to
  multiprocess mode if the first positional argument is "process".
  "success" of the test is defined as the final count being seen as
  2000000 by both tasks.

  In standard linux x86_64 userspace (i7, 4 cores) and in standard armhf
  userspace (4 cores), the test program consistently completes
  successfully in both modes.  But with qemu arm-linux-user, the test
  consistently succeeds in threaded mode and generally fails in
  multiprocess mode.

  The test reflects an essential aspect of how the Free and Open Source
  project linuxcnc's IPC system works: shared memory regions (created by
  shmat, but mmap would probably behave the same) contain data and
  mutexes.  I observed that our testsuite encounters numerous deadlocks
  and failures when running in an schroot with qemu-user (x86_64 host),
  and I believe the underlying cause is improper support for atomic
  operations in a multiprocess model. (the testsuite consistently passes
  on real hardware)

  I observed the same failure at v1.6.0 and master
  (v2.6.0-424-g287db79), as well as in the outdated Debian version

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