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SubjectRe: [RFD PATCH 0/4] cpu: Bulk CPU Hotplug support.
On Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 01:37:15PM +0530, Vaidyanathan Srinivasan wrote:
> * Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> [2009-06-15 23:23:18]:
>
> > On Tue, 16 Jun 2009 11:08:39 +0530 Gautham R Shenoy <ego@in.ibm.com> wrote:
> >
> > > Currently on a ppc64 box with 16 CPUs, the time taken for
> > > a individual cpu-hotplug operation is as follows.
> > >
> > > # time echo 0 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu2/online
> > > real 0m0.025s
> > > user 0m0.000s
> > > sys 0m0.002s
> > >
> > > # time echo 1 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu2/online
> > > real 0m0.021s
> > > user 0m0.000s
> > > sys 0m0.000s
> >
> > Surprised. Do people really online and offline CPUs frequently enough
> > for this to be a problem?
>
> Certainly not for hardware faults or hardware replacement, but
> cpu-hotplug interface is useful for changing system configuration to
> meet different objectives like
>
> * Reduce system capacity to reduce average power and reduce heat
>
> * Increasing number of cores and threads in a CPU package is leading
> to multiple cpu offline/online operations for any perceivable effect
>
> * Dynamically change CPU configurations in virtualized environments

Perhaps also reducing boot-up time? If I am correctly interpreting the
above numbers, an eight-CPU system would be consuming 175 milliseconds
bringing up the seven non-boot CPUs. Reducing this by 150 milliseconds
might be of interest to some people. ;-)

Thanx, Paul

> Ref:
>
> [1] Saving power by cpu evacuation sched_max_capacity_pct=n
> http://lkml.org/lkml/2009/5/13/173
>
> [2] Make offline cpus to go to deepest idle state using
> http://lkml.org/lkml/2009/5/22/431
>
> [3] cpuset: add new API to change cpuset top group's cpus
> http://lkml.org/lkml/2009/5/19/54
>
> For getting stuff off a certain CPU, cpu-hotplug framework seems to do
> the right thing. Identifying bottlenecks in the framework can
> significantly help other use cases.
>
> --Vaidy
>


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