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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/5] Reduce cross CPU IPI interference
On 9/25/2011 4:54 AM, Gilad Ben-Yossef wrote:
> We have lots of infrastructure in place to partition a multi-core system such
> that we have a group of CPUs that are dedicated to specific task: cgroups,
> scheduler and interrupt affinity and cpuisol boot parameter. Still, kernel
> code will some time interrupt all CPUs in the system via IPIs for various
> needs. These IPIs are useful and cannot be avoided altogether, but in certain
> cases it is possible to interrupt only specific CPUs that have useful work to
> do and not the entire system.
> This patch set, inspired by discussions with Peter Zijlstra and Frederic
> Weisbecker when testing the nohz task patch set, is a first stab at trying to
> explore doing this by locating the places where such global IPI calls are
> being made and turning a global IPI into an IPI for a specific group of CPUs.
> The purpose of the patch set is to get feedback if this is the right way to
> go for dealing with this issue and indeed, if the issue is even worth dealing
> with at all.

I strongly concur with your motivation in looking for and removing sources
of unnecessary cross-cpu interrupts. We have some code in our tree (not
yet returned to the community) that tries to deal with some sources of
interrupt jitter on tiles that are running isolcpu and want to be 100% in

> This first version creates an on_each_cpu_mask infrastructure API (derived from
> existing arch specific versions in Tile and Arm) and uses it to turn two global
> IPI invocation to per CPU group invocations.

The global version looks fine; I would probably make on_each_cpu() an
inline in the !SMP case now that you are (correctly, I suspect) disabling
interrupts when calling the function.

> The patch is against 3.1-rc4 and was compiled for x86 and arm in both UP and
> SMP mode (I could not get Tile to build, regardless of this patch)

Yes, our gcc changes are still being prepped for return to the community,
so unless you want to grab the source code on the
website, you won't have tile support in gcc yet. (binutils has been
returned, so gcc is next up.)
Chris Metcalf, Tilera Corp.

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