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diff --git a/Documentation/RCU/checklist.txt b/Documentation/RCU/checklist.txt
index accfe2f5247d..51525a30e8b4 100644
@@ -11,7 +11,10 @@ over a rather long period of time, but improvements are always welcome!
structure is updated more than about 10% of the time, then
you should strongly consider some other approach, unless
detailed performance measurements show that RCU is nonetheless
- the right tool for the job.
+ the right tool for the job. Yes, you might think of RCU
+ as simply cutting overhead off of the readers and imposing it
+ on the writers. That is exactly why normal uses of RCU will
+ do much more reading than updating.
Another exception is where performance is not an issue, and RCU
provides a simpler implementation. An example of this situation
@@ -240,10 +243,11 @@ over a rather long period of time, but improvements are always welcome!
instead need to use synchronize_irq() or synchronize_sched().
12. Any lock acquired by an RCU callback must be acquired elsewhere
- with irq disabled, e.g., via spin_lock_irqsave(). Failing to
- disable irq on a given acquisition of that lock will result in
- deadlock as soon as the RCU callback happens to interrupt that
- acquisition's critical section.
+ with softirq disabled, e.g., via spin_lock_irqsave(),
+ spin_lock_bh(), etc. Failing to disable irq on a given
+ acquisition of that lock will result in deadlock as soon as the
+ RCU callback happens to interrupt that acquisition's critical
13. RCU callbacks can be and are executed in parallel. In many cases,
the callback code simply wrappers around kfree(), so that this
@@ -310,3 +314,9 @@ over a rather long period of time, but improvements are always welcome!
Because these primitives only wait for pre-existing readers,
it is the caller's responsibility to guarantee safety to
any subsequent readers.
+16. The various RCU read-side primitives do -not- contain memory
+ barriers. The CPU (and in some cases, the compiler) is free
+ to reorder code into and out of RCU read-side critical sections.
+ It is the responsibility of the RCU update-side primitives to
+ deal with this.