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Subject[PATCH 2/2] powerpc: Enable ASYM_SMT on interleaved big-core systems
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From: "Gautham R. Shenoy" <ego@linux.vnet.ibm.com>

Each of the SMT4 cores forming a fused-core are more or less
independent units. Thus when multiple tasks are scheduled to run on
the fused core, we get the best performance when the tasks are spread
across the pair of SMT4 cores.

Since the threads in the pair of SMT4 cores of an interleaved big-core
are numbered {0,2,4,6} and {1,3,5,7} respectively, enable ASYM_SMT on
such interleaved big-cores that will bias the load-balancing of tasks
on smaller numbered threads, which will automatically result in
spreading the tasks uniformly across the associated pair of SMT4
cores.

Signed-off-by: Gautham R. Shenoy <ego@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
---
arch/powerpc/kernel/smp.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/arch/powerpc/kernel/smp.c b/arch/powerpc/kernel/smp.c
index 9ca7148..0153f01 100644
--- a/arch/powerpc/kernel/smp.c
+++ b/arch/powerpc/kernel/smp.c
@@ -1082,7 +1082,7 @@ static int powerpc_smt_flags(void)
{
int flags = SD_SHARE_CPUCAPACITY | SD_SHARE_PKG_RESOURCES;

- if (cpu_has_feature(CPU_FTR_ASYM_SMT)) {
+ if (cpu_has_feature(CPU_FTR_ASYM_SMT) || has_interleaved_big_core) {
printk_once(KERN_INFO "Enabling Asymmetric SMT scheduling\n");
flags |= SD_ASYM_PACKING;
}
--
1.9.4
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