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SubjectRe: [RFC] Extend mwait idle to optimize away IPIs when possible
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On Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 6:24 PM, Suresh Siddha <suresh.b.siddha@intel.com> wrote:
> On Mon, 2012-02-06 at 12:42 -0800, Venkatesh Pallipadi wrote:
>> * Lower overhead on Async IPI send path. Measurements on Westmere based
>>   systems show savings on "no wait" smp_call_function_single with idle
>>   target CPU (as measured on the sender side).
>>   local socket smp_call_func cost goes from ~1600 to ~1200 cycles
>>   remote socket smp_call_func cost goes from ~2000 to ~1800 cycles
>
> Interesting that savings in the remote socket is less compared to the
> local socket.

Yes. I was not sure whether it has something to do with mwait/IPI
wakeups work in hardware or it has something to do with C-state the
target CPU is woken out of.

>
>> +int smp_need_ipi(int cpu)
>> +{
>> +     int oldval;
>> +
>> +     if (!system_using_cpu_idle_sync || cpu == smp_processor_id())
>> +             return 1;
>> +
>> +     oldval = atomic_cmpxchg(&per_cpu(cpu_idle_sync, cpu),
>> +                             CPU_STATE_IDLE, CPU_STATE_WAKING);
>
> To avoid too many cache line bounces for the case when the cpu is in the
> running state, we should do a read to check if the state is in idle
> before going ahead with the locked operation?
>

Agree. Will add it on patch refresh.

>> +
>> +     if (oldval == CPU_STATE_RUNNING)
>> +             return 1;
>> +
>> +     if (oldval == CPU_STATE_IDLE) {
>> +             set_tsk_ipi_pending(idle_task(cpu));
>> +             atomic_set(&per_cpu(cpu_idle_sync, cpu), CPU_STATE_WOKENUP);
>> +     }
>> +
>> +     return 0;
>
> We should probably disable interrupts around this, otherwise any delay
> in transitioning to wokenup from waking will cause the idle cpu to be
> stuck for similar amount of time.
>

Makes sense. Will add that too.

Thanks,
Venki

> thanks,
> suresh
>
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