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    SubjectRe: [Lse-tech] [PATCH] cpusets - big numa cpu and memory placement
    On Thu, 2004-10-07 at 01:51, Paul Jackson wrote:
    > > I don't see what non-exclusive cpusets buys us.
    > One can nest them, overlap them, and duplicate them ;)

    <snip example>

    > We now have several nested cpusets, each overlapping its ancestors,
    > with tasks in each cpuset.
    > But only the top hpcarena cpuset has the exclusive ownership
    > with no form of overlap of everything in its subtree that
    > something like a distinct scheduler domain wants.
    > Hopefully the above is not what you meant by "little more than a
    > convenient way to group tasks."

    I think this example is easily achievable with the sched_domains
    modifications I am proposing. You can still create your 128 CPU
    exclusive domain, called big_domain (due to my lack of naming
    creativity), and further divide big_domain into smaller, non-exclusive
    sched_domains. We do this all the time, albeit statically at boot time,
    with the current sched_domains code. When we create a 4-node domain on
    IA64, and underneath it we create 4 1-node domains. We've now
    partitioned the system into 4 sched_domains, each containing 4 cpus.
    Balancing between these 4 node-level sched_domains is allowed, but can
    be disallowed by not setting the SD_LOAD_BALANCE flag. Your example
    does show that it can be more than just a convenient way to group tasks,
    but your example can be done with what I'm proposing.

    > > 2) rewrite the scheduler/allocator to deal with these bindings up front,
    > > and take them into consideration early in the scheduling/allocating
    > > process.
    > The allocator is less stressed here by varied mems_allowed settings
    > than is the scheduler. For in 99+% of the cases, the allocator is
    > dealing with a zonelist that has the local (currently executing)
    > first on the zonelist, and is dealing with a mems_allowed that allows
    > allocation on the local node. So the allocator almost always succeeds
    > the first time it goes to see if the candidate page it has in hand
    > comes from a node allowed in current->mems_allowed.

    Very true. The allocator and scheduler are very different beasts, just
    as memory and CPUs are. The allocator does not struggle to cope with
    mems_allowed (at least currently) as much as the scheduler struggles to
    cope with cpus_allowed.


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