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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC tip/core/rcu] accelerate grace period if last non-dynticked CPU
On Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 10:43:36AM +0100, Andi Kleen wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 09:20:50PM -0800, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> > On Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 10:30:57PM +0100, Andi Kleen wrote:
> > > "Paul E. McKenney" <paulmck@linux.vnet.ibm.com> writes:
> > >
> > > Kind of offtopic to the original patch, but I couldn't
> > > resist...
> > >
> > > > +config RCU_FAST_NO_HZ
> > > > + bool "Accelerate last non-dyntick-idle CPU's grace periods"
> > > > + depends on TREE_RCU && NO_HZ && SMP
> > >
> > > Having such a thing as a config option doesn't really make
> > > any sense to me. Who would want to recompile their kernel
> > > to enable/disable this? If anything it should be runtime, or better
> > > just unconditionally on.
> >
> > It adds significant overhead on entry to dyntick-idle mode for systems
> > with large numbers of CPUs. :-(
>
> Can't you simply check that at runtime then?
>
> if (num_possible_cpus() > 20)
> ...
>
> BTW the new small is large. This years high end desktop PC will come with
> upto 12 CPU threads. It would likely be challenging to find a good
> number for 20 that holds up with the future.

And this was another line of reasoning that lead me to the extra kernel
config parameter.

> Or better perhaps have some threshold that you don't do it
> that often, or only do it when you expect to be idle for a long
> enough time that the CPU can enter deeper idle states
>
> (I higher idle states some more wakeups typically don't matter
> that much)
>
> The cpufreq/cstate governour have a reasonable good idea
> now how "idle" the system is and will be. Maybe you can reuse
> that information somehow.

My first thought was to find an existing "I am a small device running on
battery power" or "low power consumption is critical to me" config
parameter. I didn't find anything that looked like that. If there was
one, I would make RCU_FAST_NO_HZ depend on it.

Or did I miss some kernel parameter or API?

Thanx, Paul


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