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SubjectRe: CPU affinity & IPI latency

On 15-Jul-2001 Andi Kleen wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 13, 2001 at 03:43:05PM -0700, Mike Kravetz wrote:
>> - Define a new field in the task structure 'saved_cpus_allowed'.
>> With a little collapsing of existing fields, there is room to put
>> this on the same cache line as 'cpus_allowed'.
>> - In reschedule_idle() if we determine that the best CPU for a task
>> is the CPU it is associated with (p->processor), then temporarily
>> bind the task to that CPU. The task is temporarily bound to the
>> CPU by overwriting the 'cpus_allowed' field such that the task can
>> only be scheduled on the target CPU. Of course, the original
>> value of 'cpus_allowed' is saved in 'saved_cpus_allowed'.
>> - In schedule(), the loop which examines all tasks on the runqueue
>> will restore the value of 'cpus_allowed'.
> This sounds racy, at least with your simple description. Even other CPUs
> could walk their run queue while the IPI is being processed and reset the
> cpus_allowed flag too early. I guess it would need a check in the
> schedule loop that restores cpus_allowed that the current CPU is the only
> on set in that task's cpus_allowed. This unfortunately would hang the
> process if the CPU for some reason cannot process schedules timely, so
> it may be needed to add a timestamp also to the task_struct that allows
> the restoration of cpus_allowed even from non target CPUs after some
> time.

I previously expressed ( maybe in this thread, I don't remember ) my idea of
not touching ( hacking ) the current scheduler to let it fit to SMP, that IMHO,
has different problems and needs different answers.
Anyway, as I said a couple of messages ago, the solution of this problem could
be to move the moved task in a private ( per CPU ) wakeup list that, when the
idle comes up, it'll be ran.

- Davide

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