cache_reap() is initially scheduled in start_cpu_timer() via
schedule_delayed_work_on(). But then the next iterations are scheduled via
schedule_delayed_work(), i.e. using WORK_CPU_UNBOUND.

Thus since commit ef557180447f ("workqueue: schedule WORK_CPU_UNBOUND work on
wq_unbound_cpumask CPUs") there is no guarantee the future iterations will run
on the originally intended cpu, although it's still preferred. I was able to
demonstrate this with /sys/module/workqueue/parameters/debug_force_rr_cpu.
IIUC, it may also happen due to migrating timers in nohz context. As a result,
some cpu's would be calling cache_reap() more frequently and others never.

This patch uses schedule_delayed_work_on() with the current cpu when scheduling
the next iteration.

Signed-off-by: Vlastimil Babka <>
Fixes: ef557180447f ("workqueue: schedule WORK_CPU_UNBOUND work on 
wq_unbound_cpumask CPUs")
CC: <>
Cc: Joonsoo Kim <>
Cc: David Rientjes <>
Cc: Pekka Enberg <>
Cc: Christoph Lameter <>
Cc: Tejun Heo <>
Cc: Lai Jiangshan <>
Cc: John Stultz <>
Cc: Thomas Gleixner <>
Cc: Stephen Boyd <>
 mm/slab.c | 3 ++-
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/mm/slab.c b/mm/slab.c
index 9095c3945425..a76006aae857 100644
--- a/mm/slab.c
+++ b/mm/slab.c
@@ -4074,7 +4074,8 @@ static void cache_reap(struct work_struct *w)
        /* Set up the next iteration */
-       schedule_delayed_work(work, round_jiffies_relative(REAPTIMEOUT_AC));
+       schedule_delayed_work_on(smp_processor_id(), work,
+                               round_jiffies_relative(REAPTIMEOUT_AC));
 void get_slabinfo(struct kmem_cache *cachep, struct slabinfo *sinfo)

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