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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/5] try parent numa_node at first before using default
On Thu, 12 Jul 2007 07:47:52 +0200,
Stefan Richter <> wrote:

> The patch does nothing for all subsystems which do
> device_initialize(&dev);
> dev->parent = pd;
> device_add(&dev);
> Let's avoid to add infrastructure which does nothing, or only does
> something by accident.

I agree. dev->parent now is only expected to be set in device_add(),
not in device_initialize(), so the sequence above is perfectly fine.
(Why should you need it, anyway? parent information becomes necessary
only when something is added to the tree.)
> The alternatives are:
> - Change all subsystems to set dev->parent before device_initialize().
> *Document* that the device_initialize() API has this requirement.
> This is counter-intuitive, amounts to some work across the kernel,
> and could be gotten wrong again in future code because it's a
> counter-intuitive API.

Yes. We shouldn't do that.
> - Move your code from device_initialize() to device_add(). One minor
> drawback is that node-specific allocations based on the device's
> numa_node would not be optimized before device_add(), but there is
> probably no need for this. Driver probes come after device_add().

I'd expect most allocations to be done when probing, so this shouldn't
hurt much.
> - Let subsystems explicitly call set_dev_node() on their own.
> Also keep in mind that either device_move() should update the numa_node,
> or the subsystems which call device_move() should explicitly update it
> on their own. (Unless they know that their devices will always stay at
> the same NUMA node even when switching parents.)

I'd trust the subsystems to know best whether something regarding NUMA
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