This is to fix some lock holder preemption issues. Some other locks
implementation do a spin loop before acquiring the lock itself.
Currently kernel has an interface of bool vcpu_is_preempted(int cpu). It
takes the cpu as parameter and return true if the cpu is preempted. Then
kernel can break the spin loops upon on the retval of vcpu_is_preempted.

As kernel has used this interface, So lets support it.

Only pSeries need support it. And the fact is powerNV are built into
same kernel image with pSeries. So we need return false if we are runnig
as powerNV. The another fact is that lppaca->yiled_count keeps zero on
powerNV. So we can just skip the machine type check.

Suggested-by: Boqun Feng <>
Suggested-by: Peter Zijlstra (Intel) <>
Signed-off-by: Pan Xinhui <>
 arch/powerpc/include/asm/spinlock.h | 8 ++++++++
 1 file changed, 8 insertions(+)

diff --git a/arch/powerpc/include/asm/spinlock.h 
index abb6b0f..af4285b 100644
--- a/arch/powerpc/include/asm/spinlock.h
+++ b/arch/powerpc/include/asm/spinlock.h
@@ -52,6 +52,14 @@
 #define SYNC_IO
+#define vcpu_is_preempted vcpu_is_preempted
+static inline bool vcpu_is_preempted(int cpu)
+       return !!(be32_to_cpu(lppaca_of(cpu).yield_count) & 1);
 #if defined(CONFIG_PPC_SPLPAR)
 /* We only yield to the hypervisor if we are in shared processor mode */
 #define SHARED_PROCESSOR (lppaca_shared_proc(local_paca->lppaca_ptr))

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