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SubjectRe: [PATCH] proc-based cpu affinity user interface
On 26 Nov 2001, Robert Love wrote:

> Attached is my procfs-based implementation of a user interface for
> getting and setting a task's CPU affinity. Patch is against 2.4.16.
> The kernel already respects affinity, which is stored in
> task_struct->cpus_allowed.
> Reading and writing /proc/<pid>/affinity will get and set the affinity.
> Security is implemented: the writer must possess CAP_SYS_NICE or be the
> same uid as the task in question. Anyone can read the data.
> The read mask will be ANDed with cpu_online_map, so that only valid bits
> are returned. The written data must have _some_ valid bits in it.
> I.e., ffffffff is valid on a 2-way system but 01000000 probably is not.
> Note you don't need to pass the full mask, e.g. "64" is legal. When a
> new mask is set, a reschedule is forced to put the task on a legal CPU.
> Note I had to implement a proc_write function for the procfs (pid)
> code. This is generic and can be used by other, writable, entries.
> This patch comes as an alternative to Ingo Molnar's syscall-implemented
> variant. Ingo's code is good; however I and others expressed discontent
> at yet another group of syscalls. Other benefits include the ease with
> which to set the affinity of tasks that are unaware of the new interface
> and that with this approach applications don't need to check for the
> existence of a syscall.
> Comments?

As I said in reply to Ingo patch, it'd be better to expose "number" cpu
masks not "logical" ( like cpus_allowed ).
In this way the users can use 0..N-1 ( N == number of cpus phisically
available ) w/out having to know the internal mapping between logical and
number ids.

- Davide

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