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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 2/4] softirq: Per vector deferment to workqueue
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On Thu, 2018-02-08 at 15:22 -0500, David Miller wrote:
> From: Dmitry Safonov <dima@arista.com>
> Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2018 20:14:55 +0000
>
> > On Thu, 2018-02-08 at 13:45 -0500, David Miller wrote:
> >> From: Sebastian Andrzej Siewior <bigeasy@linutronix.de>
> >> Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2018 18:44:52 +0100
> >>
> >> > May I instead suggest to stick to ksoftirqd? So you run in
> softirq
> >> > context (after return from IRQ) and if takes too long, you
> offload
> >> the
> >> > vector to ksoftirqd instead. You may want to play with the
> metric
> >> on
> >> > which you decide when you want switch to ksoftirqd / account how
> >> long a
> >> > vector runs.
> >>
> >> Having read over this stuff for the past few weeks this is how I
> feel
> >> as well. Just make ksofbitrq do what we want (only execute the
> >> overloaded softirq vectors).
> >>
> >> The more I look at the workqueue stuff, the more complications and
> >> weird behavioral artifacts we are getting for questionable gain.
> >
> > What about creating several ksoftirqd threads per-cpu?
> > Like I did with boot parameter to specify how many threads and
> which
> > softirqs to serve.
>
> Why do we need more than one per cpu?

Ugh, yeah, I remember why I did it - I tried to reuse scheduler for
each ksoftirqd thread to decide if it need to run now or later.
That would give an admin a way to prioritise softirqs with nice.
Not sure if it's a nice idea at all..

>
> There is a set of vectors which are "overloaded" and ksoftirqd
> processes
> them one by one.
>
> The only difference with what happens now is that one softirq being
> overloaded doesn't defer the processing of all softirqs to ksoftirqd.

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