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SubjectRe: Inquiry: Should we remove "isolcpus= kernel boot option? (may have realtime uses)
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On Tue, 2008-06-03 at 00:35 +0200, Ingo Oeser wrote:
> Hi Paul,
>
> in short: NAK!
>
> On Monday 02 June 2008, Paul Jackson wrote:
> > (Aside to the RealTime folks -- is there a 'realtime'
> > email list which I should include in this discussion?)
> >
> > The kernel has a "isolcpus=" kernel boot time parameter. This
> > parameter isolates CPUs from scheduler load balancing, minimizing the
> > impact of scheduler latencies on realtime tasks running on those CPUs.
>
> I used it to mask out a defect CPU on a 8-CPU node of a
> HPC-cluster at a customer site, until the $BIG_VENDOR
> sent a replacement. And to prove $BIG_VENDOR, that we actually
> have a problem on THAT CPU.
>
> So I would really like to keep this fault isolation capability.
> I made my customer happy with that.
>
> I wish Linux had more such "mask out bad hardware" features
> to faciliate fault isolation and boot and runtime.

Yeah - except that its not meant to be used as such - it will still
brings the cpu up, and it is still usable for the OS.

So sorry, your abuse doesn't make for a case to keep this abomination.



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