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Subject[RFC PATCH(Experimental) 0/4] Freezer based Cpu-hotplug
Hello Everybody,

This is an experiment towards process_freezer based implementation
of cpu-hotplug. This is mainly based on ideas of Andrew Morton,
Ingo Molnar and Paul Mckenney featured in the discussion
http://lkml.org/lkml/2007/1/31/323.

This is an absolute bare-minimal implementation to check the feasibility
of using process freezer for cpu-hotplug.

The patchset comprises of four patches.
o PATCH 1/4: Core implementation of freezer-based-hotplug.
o PATCH 2/4: Revert changes to workqueue to make it work with the
freezer-cpu-hotplug.
o PATCH 3/4: Eliminate hotcpu subsystem mutexes from sched and slab.
o PATCH 4/4: Eliminate lock_cpu_hotplug from the kernel.

These patches have been stress tested on i386 SMP box, with cpu-hotplug
operations in a tight-loop and make -jN (kernel compile) running
parallely. The cpu hotplug operations have been pretty stable.

Observation:
-------------
Certain threads like ksoftirqd/1, firmware.agent
were not frozen during the hotplug operations. However, these
were rare occurances.
This implementation is by no means perfect or complete. Things
that are yet to be done are as follows:

- Most of Paul's suggestions including introduction of new states
for process freezer like PFE_SUSPEND, PFE_KPROBES, PFE_HOTPLUG
so that processes which are not concerned with these events
can be exempted from being frozen.

- Ensure the working of cpu_hotplug on all architectures on which
it is supported. At present, it has been tested only on i386.

- Updated documentation for cpu-hotplug.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks and Regards
gautham.
--
Gautham R Shenoy
Linux Technology Center
IBM India.
"Freedom comes with a price tag of responsibility, which is still a bargain,
because Freedom is priceless!"
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