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SubjectRe: Information for setting up SMT related parameters on linux 2.6.16 on POWER5
On Mon, 2006-05-08 at 12:09 -0600, Meswani, Mitesh wrote:
> Hello


> I am looking to use the SMT related parameters like Snooze delay, HMT
> thread priorities, SMT ON/Off and wanted to know how to invoke and set
> them. I am running Open Suse 10 with 2.6.16.rc4-3-ppc64 kernel on
> eServer p590 2-way POWER5 partition.

> I noticed the parameters in /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu# with the
> following :
> mmcr0 online pmc2 pmc5 smt_snooze_delay
> mmcr1 physical_id pmc3 pmc6 topology
> crash_notes mmcra pmc1 pmc4 purr

Some of this is unique to Logical Partitions and cpu's on POWER5 pSeries
hardware.. I think you've already found the useful entry "online",
and the rest would be just trivial information.

On the kernel boot commandline, you can add parms such as
"smt-snooze-delay=xxxx" to set the snooze_delay value, and
"smt-enabled=off" to turn off the secondary threads.

As you've already found, you can echo values into the sys entries to
cause the cpus to go online or offline. 0=offline, 1=online. You can
also adjust the value for snooze-delay. This one defaults to '0'. This
controls the amount of time the processor thread spins before declaring
that it's got no useful work to do and cedes itself.

"mmcr*" and "pmc*" are performance counter registers and values. These
are used by oprofile.

"purr" is a Processor Utilization Resource Register, indicating the
number of ticks that the processor has been in use.

I believe "crash_notes" has to do with lkcd or crashdump.

No idea on the "topology" entry. possibly related to NUMA.

> setting the value in online to 0 seems to turn off the logical
> processor, but I am not sure what the others are for and the meaning
> of their hex values?
> It seems that there is include/asm-ppc64/processor.h with macros like
> HMT_very_low() , wonder if these can be set on command line
> since I am running unmodified app binaries.

the HMT_* macros are telling firmware that "this processor thread should
run at this priority". Typically used when we're waiting on a spinlock.
I.e. When we are waiting on a spinlock, we hit the HMT_low macro to drop
our threads priority, allowing the other thread to use those extra
cycles finish it's stuff quicker, and maybe even release the lock we're
waiting for. HMT_* is all within the kernel though, no exposure
to userspace apps.

> Thanks,
> Mitesh

Hope that is helpful..

> Mitesh R. Meswani
> Ph.D. Candidate
> Research Associate, PLS2 Group
> Room 106 F, Department of Computer Science
> The University of Texas at El Paso,
> El Paso, Texas 79968
> Tel: 915 747 8012 (O)
> Email:
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