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SubjectRe: [PATCH v5 6/9] ACPI/PPTT: Add topology parsing code
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Hi,

On 12/13/2017 04:28 PM, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 6:38 PM, Lorenzo Pieralisi
> <lorenzo.pieralisi@arm.com> wrote:
>> On Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 10:13:08AM -0600, Jeremy Linton wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>> First, thanks for taking a look at this.
>>>
>>> On 12/11/2017 07:12 PM, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
>>>> On Friday, December 1, 2017 11:23:27 PM CET Jeremy Linton wrote:
>>>>> The PPTT can be used to determine the groupings of CPU's at
>>>>> given levels in the system. Lets add a few routines to the PPTT
>>>>> parsing code to return a unique id for each unique level in the
>>>>> processor hierarchy. This can then be matched to build
>>>>> thread/core/cluster/die/package/etc mappings for each processing
>>>>> element in the system.
>>>>>
>>>>> Signed-off-by: Jeremy Linton <jeremy.linton@arm.com>
>>>>
>>>> Why can't this be folded into patch [2/9]?
>>>
>>> It can, and I will be happy squash it.
>>>
>>> It was requested that the topology portion of the parser be split
>>> out back in v3.
>>>
>>> https://www.spinics.net/lists/linux-acpi/msg78487.html
>>
>> I asked to split cache/topology since I am not familiar with cache
>> code and Sudeep - who looks after the cache code - won't be able
>> to review this series in time for v4.16.
>
> OK, so why do we need it in 4.16?

I think its more case of as soon as possible. That is because there are
machines where the topology is completely incorrect due to assumptions
the kernel makes based on registers that aren't defined for that purpose
(say describing which cores are in a physical socket, or LLC's attached
to interconnects or memory controllers).

This incorrect topology information is reported to things like the
kernel scheduler, which then makes poor scheduling decisions resulting
in sub-optimal system performance.


This patchset (and ACPI 6.2) clears up a lot of those problems.

Thanks,








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