Kernel threads inter communication - various methods???

Posted on 2005-02-25
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Last Modified: 2008-02-26
I am working with RHL 9.0 and kernel version 2.4.20-8.
I have a kernel module which has four threads (created by kernel_thread () ) internally.

After doing a certain amount of work each thread is sleeping for some time by
calling interruptible_sleep_on_timeout().

Can a kernel thread wait on a event generated by another thread (rather than sleeping by calling interruptible_sleep_on_timeout())?

I google d for kernel thread synchronization and possible applications I got for kernel version
2.4.20-8 are mutex semaphores and global variables. I am sckeptical about using switch_to().

Are there any counting semaphores implemented in linux kernel so that a kernal thread will be
waiting on it, and another kernel thread kicks it from somewhere else? Is there any similar
communication mechanism implemented in linux kernel?
Question by:vidya_sankar
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manish_regmi earned 1500 total points
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 you can use counting semaphores....
down() functions. they are in asm/semaphore.h


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Thanks for the tip. It worked.

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