perf: arm64: fix RCU usage on pmu resume from low-power

Commit ( perf: arm64: implement CPU_PM notifier)
added code in the arm perf infrastructure that allows the kernel to
save/restore perf counters whenever the CPU enters a low-power
state. The kernel saves/restores the counters for each active event
through the armpmu_{stop/start} ARM pmu API, so that the low-power state
enter/exit cycle is emulated through pmu start/stop operations for each
event in use.

However, calling armpmu_start() for each active event on power up
executes code that requires RCU locking (perf_event_update_userpage())
to be functional, so, given that the core may call the CPU_PM notifiers
while running the idle thread in an quiescent RCU state this is not
allowed as detected through the following splat when kernel is run with

[   49.293286]
[   49.294761] ===============================
[   49.298895] [ INFO: suspicious RCU usage. ]
[   49.303031] 4.6.0-rc3+ #421 Not tainted
[   49.306821] -------------------------------
[   49.310956] include/linux/rcupdate.h:872 rcu_read_lock() used
illegally while idle!
[   49.318530]
[   49.318530] other info that might help us debug this:
[   49.318530]
[   49.326451]
[   49.326451] RCU used illegally from idle CPU!
[   49.326451] rcu_scheduler_active = 1, debug_locks = 0
[   49.337209] RCU used illegally from extended quiescent state!
[   49.342892] 2 locks held by swapper/2/0:
[   49.346768]  #0:  (cpu_pm_notifier_lock){......}, at:
[<ffffff8008163c28>] cpu_pm_exit+0x18/0x80
[   49.355492]  #1:  (rcu_read_lock){......}, at: [<ffffff800816dc38>]

This patch wraps the armpmu_start() call (that indirectly calls
perf_event_update_userpage()) on CPU_PM notifier power state exit (or
failed entry) within the RCU_NONIDLE() macro so that the RCU subsystem
is made aware the calling cpu is not idle from an RCU perspective for
the armpmu_start() call duration, therefore fixing the issue.

Bug: 28086229
Fixes: da4e4f18afe0 ("drivers/perf: arm_pmu: implement CPU_PM notifier")
Signed-off-by: Lorenzo Pieralisi <>
Reported-by: James Morse <>
Suggested-by: Kevin Hilman <>
Cc: Ashwin Chaugule <>
Cc: Kevin Hilman <>
Cc: Sudeep Holla <>
Cc: Daniel Lezcano <>
Cc: Mathieu Poirier <>
Acked-by: Mark Rutland <>
Acked-by: Paul E. McKenney <>
Acked-by: Will Deacon <>
Signed-off-by: Catalin Marinas <>
Git-commit: cbcc72e037b8a3eb1fad3c1ae22021df21c97a51
Git-repo: git://
[ ported the change for 3.10 kernel]
Change-Id: I8376beb62a597b03806744df3aba26bd6deee6c2
Signed-off-by: Swetha Chikkaboraiah <>

Signed-off-by: Veena Sambasivan <>
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