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SubjectRe: is irq smp affinity good for anything?
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Hi Mark

thanks again for your reply

On Wed, Mar 12, 2003 at 09:00:13AM -0500, Mark Hahn wrote:
> > I think that user space code always has to make the best use of cache as it
> > can... in other words, i don't want to use a cpu exclusively for a device
> > that delivers 6000 ints/second
>
> right, 6K is trivial.
>
> > as spin_irq_locks just disables interrupts locally I should get better
> > latency that just one ISR on that particular cpu could at least reduce
> > a little the number of times that interrupts get disabled on that cpu
> >
> > ... that was my reasoning...
>
> but disabling irq's is not a really heavy operation, especially
> at only 6KHz.

yes... I assumead It could be noticiable...

> > but latency gets worse... that's not comphrensible for me...
>
> if the machine is unloaded with cache-polluting user-space tasks,
> what's the latency?


in brief: 16 seconds of accumulated latency from 300 seconds of running time

no any user space load, just receiving and ATM traffic at 6000 interrupts/second

you can see my first post to lkml: in this case see the idle*/* results

Ulisses

PD: just for fun: is it possible to change irq priorities on Linux+IO-APIC?

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bound-* -> binding irq's to specific cpu's
not_bound-* -> default irq balancing
idle-* -> no extra load, just receiving interrupts, and using irq balancing
(not tcpdumping from the device)

*-round? -> same test, just another sample

The following loads were added:

*/cpu_io_load* -> adding a process load, and another process doing intensive I/O (write) +tcpdump
*/cpu_load* -> process load +tcpdump
*/io_load* -> I/O load +tcpdump
*/no_load* -> just tcpdump (always running on the ATM card)

time unit is microseconds

<config name> <cpu0> <cpu1> <both cpu> <running time>
bound-round1/cpu_io_load.conf-capturando-atm 72721403.12 32011026.4 104732430.03 334000000
bound-round1/cpu_load.conf-capturando-atm 17330835.03 22209536.73 39540372.14 301000000
bound-round1/io_load.conf-capturando-atm 26490926.85 35473241.13 61964168.45 332000000
bound-round1/no_load.conf-capturando-atm 17723058.55 24066995.44 41790054.28 300000000
bound-round2/cpu_io_load.conf-capturando-atm 70139325.9899999 31673560.18 101812886.64 332000000
bound-round2/cpu_load.conf-capturando-atm 20834850.44 22103680.54 42938531.31 300000000
bound-round2/io_load.conf-capturando-atm 25995860.86 35030250.99 61026112.51 331000000
bound-round2/no_load.conf-capturando-atm 16926317.67 22890716.86 39817034.87 300000000
not_bound-round1/cpu_io_load.conf-capturando-atm 27857114.18 30214652.36 58071767.23 330000000
not_bound-round1/cpu_load.conf-capturando-atm 17861389.71 17826837.68 35688227.83 300000000
not_bound-round1/io_load.conf-capturando-atm 28921009.86 30368027.35 59289037.74 329000000
not_bound-round1/no_load.conf-capturando-atm 17095881.6 17804144.4 34900026.4 301000000
not_bound-round2/cpu_io_load.conf-capturando-atm 28958809.19 29576235.94 58535045.78 333000000
not_bound-round2/cpu_load.conf-capturando-atm 17654701.15 19004883.19 36659584.82 301000000
not_bound-round2/io_load.conf-capturando-atm 30383447.95 31634551.35 62017999.99 332000000
not_bound-round2/no_load.conf-capturando-atm 18103003.63 17573932.55 35676936.69 300000000
idle-round1/no_load.conf-idle 0 0 16030718.21 300000000
idle-round2/no_load.conf-idle 0 0 16106698.44 300000000

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