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SubjectRe: [PATCH -tip] trace_workqueue: use percpu data for workqueue stat
On Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 04:11:51PM +0800, Lai Jiangshan wrote:
> Frédéric Weisbecker wrote:
> > Hi Lai,
> >
> > 2009/1/15 Lai Jiangshan <laijs@cn.fujitsu.com>:
> >> Impact: make trace_workqueue works well on NUMA
> >>
> >> It's not correct when (num_possible_cpus() < nr_cpumask_bits):
> >> all_workqueue_stat = kmalloc(sizeof(struct workqueue_global_stats)
> >> * num_possible_cpus(), GFP_KERNEL);
> >
> >
> > What is the difference between num_possible_cpus() and nr_cpumask_bits actually?
> > It looks like nr_cpumask_bits binds to NR_CPUS on early time and after
> > it is set to
> > num_possible_cpus() , right?
> > In this case num_possible_cpus() seems more relevant...no?
> >
> > (I'm pretty sure I'm wrong.... :-)
> >
>
> I wanted to reference to nr_cpu_ids, not nr_cpumask_bits(I made mistake yesterday)
>
> init/main.c
> static void __init setup_nr_cpu_ids(void)
> {
> nr_cpu_ids = find_last_bit(cpumask_bits(cpu_possible_mask),NR_CPUS) + 1;
> }
> setup_nr_cpu_ids() is called directly in main.c, it's earlier than early_initcall.
>
> So nr_cpu_ids is better than num_possible_cpus(), for maybe cpu_possible_mask=101B
> nr_cpu_ids=3, num_possible_cpus()=2, We will access to invalid memory when we use
> num_possible_cpus().


Oh ok I see now. If the cpu_possible_mask is 101, there is a risk I use cpu number 3
later to directly find the index into the table. But I allocated the array in a
contiguous way.

Thanks I better understand now.

> but percpu data as my patch shows is better than nr_cpu_ids.
>
> Thanks, Lai.
>
>
>

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